SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – A Sleepy Hollow veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor was inducted into the 40th Senate District Veterans' Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Armando “Chick” Galella, 92, served in the Army during World War II and was stationed at Hickam Field when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Galella also served in Saipan and participated in the Battle of Okinawa.
The Hall of Fame was created by State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson). It is designed to honor outstanding veterans.
“I am excited to induct this second class of heroes into our Veterans’ Hall of Fame! These men and women have been hand-picked by their communities because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty,” Ball said in a statement. “America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of our veterans.”
Galella achieved the rank of Battalion Sergeant Major and was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. He continues to educate residents and school children on World War II and Pearl Harbor.
Galella has also been active in the Sleepy Hollow community, including serving as village trustee and trustee of the Immaculate Conception Church. Galella has been inducted into the Westchester County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame