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Sleepy Hollow mourns loss of 100-year-old decorated Pearl Harbor survivor

The revered Sleepy Hollow native passed away Wednesday night.

News 12 Staff

Sep 30, 2021, 12:48 PM

Updated 1,024 days ago


The Sleepy Hollow community is mourning the loss of a decorated Pearl Harbor survivor and beloved longtime resident.
Nearly nine months after Sleepy Hollow residents gathered to celebrate his 100th birthday, they are now mourning the loss of Pearl Harbor survivor Armando "Chick" Galella.
The Bronze Star recipient was a 20-year-old Army enlistee when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
He recounted the fateful day on the 77th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Chick Galella lost his good friend John Horan. Over the years, he worked tirelessly to get a riverside park in Sleepy Hollow named in his friend's honor.
Galella will be buried with full military honors at Saint Paul Church at Immaculate Conception in Sleepy Hollow next Wednesday.

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