About the Author
Elmer Renner served on active duty in U.S. Navy from August 1942 to February 1946, then in the Naval Reserve until January 1954. When the typhoon struck in 1945, he was aboard the USS YMS 472. Ken Birks, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps on Iwo Jima, was instrumental in bringing their book to fruition. He died in 2003.