James B. Meyer
Radio Telegraph Operator
3rd Engineer Battalion
3rd Marine Division (Forward)
US Marine Corps
Uncle James tapping code with his right hand while cranking a generator with his left hand - sitting in a remote location on the island of Okinawa in 1956.
While assigned to this location, he contracted Japanese encephalitis. A rare disease, he was not diagnosed in time to attempt any treatment (there is no cure), and he subsequently died several weeks after this photo was taken. He was 20 years old.
The tattoo on his right arm - we don't know what it represents but might be USMC related - he got it after leaving home - if you recognize it, let me know!