World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Armando “Chick” Galella shared his life story with Sleepy Hollow Middle School students on 9/11. Ironically, Galella enlisted in the army on September 11, 1940.
The 98-year old Sleepy Hollow resident remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor like it was only yesterday.
He served five years in the Pacific Theater and earned the highest rank an enlisted man can receive – Battalion Sergeant. Galella received the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service and bravery in the Battle of Okinawa.
“I am very happy to speak with the students,” explained Galella. “I want them to remember.”
Superintendent of School Christopher Borsari and School Board President Mimi Godwin joined Galella and commended him for his dedication to the students and the community. “He is a legend,” said Borsari. “He wants everyone to be successful because he knows that the students are the future.”
“I am amazed that he made it. That he was able to fight,” commented eighth-grader Aaron Bell.
Before leaving SHMS Galella encouraged the students to stay in school – “Get an education, listen to your teachers and respect them.”