Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran John Zenter Mais. John served during World War II from 1943 to 1947.

John was a teenager and served on the U.S.S. Princeton aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Boxer aircraft carrier and the U.S.S. Brinkley Bass destroyer. In his own words sent in from a family member, “I was wounded when the USS Princeton, sunk. Young and frightened, I was swimming for my life while being shot at from the Japanese airplanes. I count myself lucky to have been an excellent swimmer; many of the sailors could not swim and became easy targets wearing life jackets.” John was awarded the Bronze Star for his service and bravery.

After retiring, John and his wife Connie volunteered at local senior centers, were members of the VFW for 18 years, and enjoyed country western dancing. John and his wife celebrated their 70th anniversary in December 2016, with their son and two daughters; his wife passed away six months later. In July, he celebrated his 91st birthday.

Thank you for your service, John!

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Graphic By Lilian Vo: Lilian Vo is an undergraduate senior at George Mason University studying Global Affairs and Intelligence Analysis.

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Published on Oct. 10, 2017

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