Mr. Sherman is a Purple Heart recipient and joined the Navy in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served on the USS Lamson Destroyer DD367 for 3.5 years fighting in the Phillipines at the Battle of Ormok Bay and Leyte Gulf. On December 7, 1944, his ship was hit by a kamikaze plane and received a Purple Heart for his heroism during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He still carries shrapnel in his back from when he was hit as he jumped into the Pacific. Duane Sherman continued his service as a SONAR instructor for the Navy during the Korean War.