Art Barnes, a fire controlman third class, was aboard the destroyer USS Zellars supporting the invasion of Okinawa when a kamikaze crashed into the port side of the ship on April 12, 1945.
The plane's 1,100-pound bomb tore through several bulkheads, then exploded on the starboard side, killing 43 crew members. Barnes suffered a gash across the bridge of his nose.
A businessman now retired in Bellingham, Barnes, 82, is the author of several books, including "In the Service of Our Country, the Ship and Her Men of the USS Zellars DD 777." He commissioned California artist Skip Rains to depict the event.