You can read the story on page 10 of this .pdf file (there are some photos from Deacon Tom there, too.)
Deacon Tom is an uncle of my aunt, Kay Snatchko of Burgettstown, PA, and a great-uncle of my cousins Amy, Luke, Sara, Mary Ellen and Ben.
A one-time Western Pennsylvania resident, Deacon Tom was drafted into the U.S. Navy to serve in the Pacific theater near the end of World War II. He is a long-time permanent deacon for the Church.
(The image above is the Pacific Pavilion at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.)