Community celebrates Pearl Harbor veteran's 100th birthday

Armando “Chick” Galella was a young Army reservist when he survived the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

News 12 Staff

Jan 8, 2021, 3:51 PM

Updated 1,254 days ago

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Armando “Chick” Galella, who is believed to be the lower Hudson Valley’s last living Pearl Harbor veteran, celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday in Sleepy Hallow.
Galella was a young Army reservist who survived the surprise Japanese attack on the naval base on Dec. 7, 1941.
He told News 12 that he has a lot of living left to do.
“The last 100 years were very good to me, and I hope the second hundred are good to me,” he said.
Galella also said he was overwhelmed by the community’s response to his birthday. The Town of Sleepy Hollow is celebrating with a motorcade, fireworks and the dedication of a statue to Gold Star mothers who lost a child to service in the armed forces.


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