More than 2,400 precious lives and much of our Pacific Fleet were lost (on Dec. 7, 1941). Yet the ensuing support of our people proved mightier than the attack that aimed to weaken us.
December 06, 2017
Among the survivors on hand for the Oval Office proclamation signing will be:
Michael Ganitch, US Navy Chief Quartermaster (San Leandro, California)
Jack Holder, US Navy Flight Engineer (Phoenix, Arizona)
Alexander Horanzy, US Army Private (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Lawrence Parry, US Army Private (Syracuse, New York
Robert Fernandez, US Navy Seaman First Class (Phoenix, Arizona)
George Blake, US Army Staff Sergeant (Salida, Colorado)
“(It was) a conflict that would change the course of human dignity and freedom,” said Ganitch, 98, of San Leandro, CA.
“More than 2,400 precious lives and much of our Pacific Fleet were lost (on Dec. 7, 1941). Yet the ensuing support of our people proved mightier than the attack that aimed to weaken us,” said Fernandez, 96, of Phoenix, who served aboard the USS Curtis.
Reacting to the surprise attack, patriots from every corner of our country answered the call to serve and banded together in common cause. Sixteen million Americans left behind everything they knew and everyone they loved to fight for freedom far from home and liberate a continent from the grip of tyranny.
The sacrifices of our military personnel at Pearl Harbor became the prelude to those our brave fighting forces were to endure around the globe for the next three and one-half years. When the terrible conflict ceased and the peace was won, America’s freedom remained intact and we had taken on a crucial role as the leader of the world’s democracies and bulwark of international peace.
“All our nation’s veterans have made serving America the highest priority of their lives, and serving our veterans is one of the highest priorities of The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation,” said Timothy Davis, President and Founder of The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation.
“Nationwide, there are thought to be fewer than 500 Pearl Harbor survivors remaining,” said Davis. “We have lost over 70 percent of our remaining Pearl Harbor register since last year’s 75th anniversary this year alone.”
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