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Mineola Veterans Reflect On Pearl Harbor

On Monday, Dec. 7, the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that propelled the United States into World War II and left a reported 2,402 killed and 1,282 wounded, members of Mineola’s veterans organizations gathered in Mineola Village Hall to pay their respects to the victims of the attack as well as to those who lost their lives in the years to follow.

Mineola American Legion Post #349 Commander Sal Cataldo spoke about the importance of the young generation learning about the veterans and the sacrifices the veterans have made. The commander feels it’s important for the veterans to continue to visit the schools in and around Mineola. Recently, some of Mineola’s veterans visited Mineola High School, where they were interviewed by the students about their experiences in the service.

Those who attended the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony included Commander Cataldo, Vito Stallone, Joan and Walter Hobbs, Colin Cathcart-Jones, Carl Marchese, Ray Vaz, Joseph Toritto, Bill Urianek, John Davanzo, John Carroll and Gerry Olsen.