John Fahey enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and served as a radioman aboard the U.S.S. St. Mihiel during World War II transporting troops and nurses to and from Alaska where he endured some harrowing voyages.
During his tour of duty in the Aleutians he arrived in Dutch Harbor just after the bombing and witnessed the damage first hand, served on the St. Mihiel in service as a hospital ship during the Battle of Attu and US/Canadian invasion of Kiska.
He went on to serve on the supply ship U.S.S. Volans in the South Pacific towards the end of World War II and then in Korea and China once the war ended.