Hear notable veterans from WWII to today, speak about their experiences.
Veterans Speaking October 23rd, 2021
Lew Paper, FL, Author - IN THE CAULDRON: Terror, Tension, and the American Ambassador's Struggle to avoid Pearl Harbor.
Armando "Chick" Galella, NY, WWII US ARMY, Pearl Harbor survivor at Hickam Field with 443rd Heavy Construction Signal Corps. Went to Tinian, Saipan and fought at the Battle of Okinawa.
Jack Holder, AZ, WWII, US Navy. Flew PBY's, Pearl Harbor Survivor. One of the first planes to spot the Japanese at the Battle of Midway. Credited with sinking a Jananese sub.
Hank Kudzik, PA, WWII US Navy. Chief Petty Officer. Officer on the USS Nautilus & USS Gar. 13 war patrols and fought at the Battle of Midway.
Charles Brooking, PA, WWII US Navy. Southwest Pacific Theater with Motor Torpedo BOat Squadrons 16 and 42. He was a twin .50 Cal gunner PT-223, PT-617, PT-619 and PT-621.
Matt Gutman, PA, WWII US Navy, Was a Higgins Boat driver. Made six landings in the Pacific, Peleiu, leyte Gulf, Mindoro, Subic Bay, Luzon, and Okinawa. He survived many brutal landing. Brought many wounded Marines and Soldiers back to the hospital ships and survived several Kamikaze attacks throughout his tour of duty.
Bernie Ruchin, NH, WWII, US 2nd Marine Div. Gunnery Sergeant. Fought on Saipan & Tinian. Received a Purple Heart.
Alan Moskin, NY, WWII, US Army, 66th Infantry, 71st Div - Part of Patton's 3rd Army. Fought in France, Germany & Austria. Helped liberate Gunskirchen Concentration Camp.
Joshua Kaufman, CA, WWII Holocaust Survivor. Surived Aushwitz/Birkenau, Dauchau, Muhldorf and the Death March. Liberated by American soldiers. 24 year career in the IDF and served in three wars; 1956, 1967 and 1973.
Carey Rhodomoyer, PA, Vietnam, US Army, 1967 - 68 B Co. 4th Inf Div Crewchief and Doorgunner on UH-1C Gunship, Dal to Offensive, Siege of Kontum, and Tet Offensive. Air Medal w/8 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart.
Bob Smith, PA, Vietnam, US Army, 1968-70 Bravo Co. 199th Light Infantry Brigade 3rd Bn 7th Infantry Div. 11B40 Sergeant -squad leader. Two Purple Hearts and Bronze Star w/ 5 Oak Clusters.
Susan Price, FL, National Gold Star Mother, an Army Veteran and the daughter of a Marine. She is also the mother of a fallen Marine Hero, Gunnery Sergeant Aaron M. Kenefick, USMC, KIA 8 September 2009, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
These speakers will be appearing so long as health permits.
ALL SPEAKERS WERE COMBAT VETERANS.