Strine served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946, and spent much of his time in the military in the keel of a ship serving in the engine and fire rooms as a Fireman First Class. One of the carriers he served on during WWII was the USS Aaron Ward. On May 3, 1945, the Aaron Ward was attacked by Kamikaze airplanes, leaving Strine on the deck severely burned and dying. While one of his friends was loading up the soldiers who had not survived the attack into body bags to be thrown overboard, he noticed that Strine was still breathing and got him medical help, saving his life. Strine is featured in a book about the attack, and recently hosted a Navy Pilot who has been trying to meet the 13 remaining survivors of the 360 men aboard the USS Aaron Ward.
To view a video about Strine’s story in his own words, click here.
NFM Salutes is an initiative in which one military member or Veteran is chosen each month to be honored as the “Salute of the Month.” Salutes are chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website with a brief biography and information about his or her service, and NFM Lending will make a $2,500 donation to a military or Veteran non-profit in the Salute’s name. This month, NFM Lending will donate to Soldier’s Wish in Strine’s name.
Selected NFM Salutes may choose from one of the following four non-profits: Platoon 22, AnySoldier, Soldier’s Wish, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue to honor military and Veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.
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