Myron “Jay” Carraway, Co-Founder of Chapter 138 Passed Away

Myron "Jay" CarrawayMyron “Jay” Carraway, Pearl Harbor Survivor

Myron “Jay” Carraway, age 94, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016. He was born 1922 in Jackson, Cassia County, Idaho and lived the last 42 years of his life in Pensacola.

He is survived by his loving twin sister, Marjorie Stapleman and brother Harold Carrraway; son, Richard Carraway and daughter, Tina Jeselnik Sutton; daughter-in-law, Teresa Carraway; son-in-law, Kent Sutton; and grandchildren, David Ellington and Samantha Soens.

After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor as a crewman of the USS Hulbert (AVD-6), Jay fought in World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the US Navy in 1961.  Jay then spent the next 20 years as a US Navy Civil Servant, and held leadership positions in the Knights of Columbus, the Pearl Harbor Survivors, and NARFE.

Here is Jay’s story of December 7, 1941.

Co-Founder of Pearl Harbor Survivors, Chapter 138 in Pensacola

Jay was responsible for organizing a Pensacola chapter of the national Pearl Harbor Survivor’s association. He casually posted a notice in the local newspaper inviting all those interested to come to his house for a preliminary “get together”. Much to his surprise, 88 people showed up! Fortunately, most folks brought snacks and drinks, so there were plenty refreshments to go around. Together with Fred Glaeser
they organized and maintained the chapter for many years. At one time, there were 64 members, according to Jay. He spent many years organizing the stories of the chapter’s heroes, many of which can be found in other sections of this website:  More Heroic Accounts and Within the Dash.

When the national organization disbanded, Chapter 138 continued to meet quarterly for lunch. Survivors, friends and families joined in the fun.

Myron, “Jay” Carraway, a Tough Old Bird

Surviving nearly 75 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Jay was busy every day. He participated whenever the opportunity arose to share his story with young and old. Within the last year, he spoke at Cordova Elementary School, reminding them that he went to a one room school when he was their age.

Myron "Jay" Carraway

On the Fourth of July weekend, he had the “thrill of a lifetime,” according to his son, Rick. Jay had an opportunity to ride in a Stearman Bi-plane during the Blue Angels’ Pensacola Beach air show.

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Myron “Jay” Carraway – a National Treasure

Up, up and away, we will miss you, Jay.


Pearl Harbor Survivor Jacob Gallawa Final Rites

Jacob Gallawa

Pensacola, FL – Internment services for SCRM Jacob Gallawa, USN (ret.) a Pearl Harbor Survivor, will be held 11 AM Tuesday June 21, 2016 at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pavillion A (adjacent to the administrative office). He died June 13, 2016 in Pensacola, FL at age 96. He is survived by two brothers, Walt and Robert, and two sisters, Martha and Ester, one son, Scott and grandsons and great grandsons. Faith Chapel in Cantonment is handling the arrangements.

Born in Melbeta, Nebraska on July 29, 1920, his family moved to Scottsbluff, NE, when he as a toddler. He was the sixth of 12 children. His parents, Johan and Mary Gallawa, Volga German immigrants from Russia, were sugar beet farmers. He spoke German and Russian as a child. He joined the Navy in Oct. 1938 to see the world and “get out of those sugar beets because that was such hard work,” he said.

He was assigned as a radioman to the USS Pelias in Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack. While delivering a message to the ship’s captain on the bridge, he said, “I witnessed the bomb striking the Arizona, resulting in the massive explosion which sank her.”

Later during WWII, he was in London during the Blitz, he was a part of TORCH, a high-speed communications network in the north Atlantic. His team set up communication networks between New York and Russia. He was also stationed in Paris during the war and at the Yalta Conference in Crimea, USSR. He loved New York City between convoys because he could go to a movie, that would be followed by a big band performance on the same stage and he saw all the greats. He also loved to play golf.

He married Gerrie Burrell in 1943 and had two sons, 2 grandsons and 2 great grandsons with another on the way. During World War II Gerrie was in the Coast Guard in communications, too. Son Scott recalled, “Since they both knew Morse Code sometimes they would communicate with one another in Code in front of us kids.”

His life represented the very best of American ideals … honesty, integrity, hard working and with a fierce devotion to God and Family.

Remembering Pearl Harbor, the Day and It’s Heroes

Pearl Harbor Survivors Honored

Hundreds turned out at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday morning, January 17, 2015, to pay an emotional tribute and farewell to the remaining Pearl Harbor Survivors from the Pensacola area. Local authors and Pearl Harbor historians, Billie and Robert Nicholson, who chronicled the survivors’ return to Pearl Harbor in 2011, were also honored.

As part of the Museum’s Discovery Saturday series, called Remembering Pearl Harbor, the Day and Its Heroes, the program opened with an Invocation offered by retired Navy pilot, Christopher Robinson, Pastor of Deliverance Tabernacle Church in Milton, Florida, followed by the singing of The National Anthem by gospel singer Richard Long, Pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Pensacola.

There was standing room only in the Museum’s Blue Angels atrium hanger as a rapt audience listened to tributes and presentations by Lt. Gen Duane D. Thiessen, USMC (Ret), President and CEO of the Museum’s Foundation, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and Pensacola NAS Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins, USN.

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Surrounded by the Museum’s vintage aircraft hanging overhead, the actual morning of the attack was described in vivid eyewitness accounts by remaining Pearl Harbor Survivors, William Braddock, 92, Cass Phillips, 94, Frank Emond, 96, and Jay Carraway, 92.

Pearl Harbor Survivor Cass Phillips said when he first noticed the “meatballs” painted on the side of the airplanes flying in, he thought it was just another Sunday morning exercise and commented about how realistic they were – until they started dropping bombs. Over two thousand four hundred Americans lost their lives in the attack.

WCOA 1370 Talk Radio Host Don Parker’s talk, Attack on Battleship Row, December 7th, 1941, included original archival footage and a description of the Japanese high command.

Publicist and emcee Dianna Roberts read the national winning Pearl Harbor essay by 7th grader, Jenny Anderson from Camano Island, WA entitled, Ingenuity, Sacrifice and Teamwork.

Pensacola Naval Air Station commanding officer Capt. Keith Hoskins, USN, spoke about NAS Pensacola during WW II just after the attack when Pensacola NAS mobilized to become the world’s foremost military aviation training center. Hoskins, a former lead solo pilot with the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, called the men, “heroes”, and admitted he was “humbled to be on the same stage as them.”

Pearl Harbor Survivors Receive Proclamations from Mayor

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward read a city proclamation honoring the men for their bravery and courage under fire and how they had all sacrificed and fought “so we can sleep well every night.” Recently deceased Pearl Harbor survivors Jim Landis and George Mills were honored posthumously with the sounding of Taps by veteran bugler, Scotty Mills.

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Boy Scout Troop Read Pearl Harbor Survivor Stories

The highlight for the men was the reading of their stories from the Nicholson’s book, Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye, by Pensacola honor scouts from Boy Scout Troop 628 and Venture Crew 628 while standing on the stage next to the survivors. “We should  remember the motto of these Boy Scouts – ‘Be Prepared’, said survivor Cass Phillips. “We were not prepared for what happened that day. People need to hear these stories and remember our history and learn from it.”

Story Credit: Dianna Roberts

Heroes Among Us

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L to R: Pearl Harbor Survivors Frank Emond, (CWO4, USN RET.) William Braddock, (Stg. Maj., USMC RET.) Jay Carraway, (ETC, USN RET.) Pearl Harbor Honor Flight co-organizer William Phillips, (Lt. Col. USAF RET.) and Pearl Harbor Survivor, Cass Phillips (LCDR USN RET.)

Heroes Among Us not fazed by rain

Members of the Pensacola Chapter 138, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association were honored at “Heroes Among Us” ceremonies, August 29, 2014. Scheduled to take place at the Veterans Memorial Park, the event was relocated to A&J Mugs store on Palafox Street because of rain.

Honorees included Frank Emond, (CWO4, USN Ret.), William Braddock, (Stg. Maj., USMC RET.) Jay Carraway, (ETC, USN RET.) and Cass Phillips (LCDR USN RET.)


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Co-organizer of Pearl Harbor Honor Flight, Holly Shelton with Frank Emond, William Braddock and Don Snowden

Pearl Harbor Honor Flight co-organizers Holly Shelton and William Phillips, (Lt. Col. USAF RET.) introduced our National Treasures. Each survivor recounted his unique experiences during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. All nonagenarians, their memories were sharp and the store packed crowd hung on every word.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor, William Braddock, USMC Ret.








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Pearl Harbor Survivor and Pensacola Chapter 138 President Emeritus, Jay Carraway.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor, Jim Landis (SCPO, USN RET.) was unable to attend due to health issues. His story of December 7, 1941, as written in the book “Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye,” was shared by author Billie Nicholson.

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Excerpt from: “Pearl Harbor Honor flight: One Last Goodbye”, used with author’s permission

Heroes Among Us Special Guest

Heroes Among Us

Mrs. Earline Williams, child Pearl Harbor survivor

In addition to the survivors, Mrs. Earline Williams, who was a 12 year old, living with her family on Ford Island on December 7, 1941 shared her experiences that day. Their home was across from the berth of the USS Oklahoma, which was torpedoed and rolled over, trapping many sailors inside. Some of her clothing was used to cover the dead and wounded.

“What take home lesson would you like us to have from your experience,” someone in the crowd asked. “Pay attention to what is going on in the world around you and always be prepared,” responded survivor Cass Phillips.Heroes among us






heroes among usWhen asked to what they owed their resilience and long life, Frank Emond replied, “Keep you mind active, and your body, too. I paint and volunteer one day a week at the Veterans Medical Center.”


Read the Pensacola News Journal article here. If you can’t access the PNJ Archives, read it here.Heroes Among Us.

“Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye” Book Launch May 8th, 2014

Turn the Page, Gifts & Books was the location of a book launch for “Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye,” on May 8, 2014. Friends and customers had an opportunity to meet the authors, Billie Nicholson and Robert Nicholson, hear stories behind the book production, and spend time with some of the Pearl Harbor Survivors whose stories were told in the book.

Survivors Jay Carraway, Bill Braddock, Cass Phillips and Frank Emond shared their experiences during the Pearl Harbor attack as well as through out the war.

Jay Carraway said, “When we were called to General Quarters by shouts because our alarm system didn’t work, our response was ‘We don’t drill on Sundays.’ When an explosion nearby rocked our ship, we knew they were serious.”

“We were getting ready to go to breakfast when we saw the planes flying overhead. We thought they were Army planes on a drill. I said, ‘They’re making this look realistic, with meatballs painted on the sides of their planes,’” recalled Cass Phillips, a radioman stationed at Kane’ohe.

 Frank Emond, a musician lined up on the stern of the USS Pennsylvania preparing to play morning colors, said, “I saw a line of planes coming in. The first one peeled off and dropped something. At first I thought the plane was falling apart. When it hit the ground and exploded, I knew we were in trouble.”

Marine Security Guard, Bill Braddock, remembered, “We were at breakfast in the chow hall when our side arms (cups and silverware) started bouncing on the table. We thought someone had crashed a plane and we’d need to go clean it up. When we stepped out of the barracks we saw a plane with a big red ball on the side flying by, shooting up the ground around our flag pole and the pilot smiled as he continued to drop the torpedo hanging beneath his plane.”

The rich tapestry of personal accounts detailed in the book came to life with a personal connection for both young and old.

Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye

This 80-page premium color 1st edition book tells the touching story of the Pensacola community coming together to make an elderly veteran’s dream come true to return to Pearl Harbor and say “one last goodbye” to his friends and comrades who served with him December 7, 1941, on that day so long ago.

The book is filled with photos by the Nicholsons of the survivors recent return to Pearl Harbor. It is brilliantly interspersed with historic pictures and eyewitness accounts of the attack and pays homage to these military veterans of our Greatest Generation for their extraordinary courage and personal sacrifice. Says author Robert Nicholson, “the book was designed as a keepsake and lets the reader visually experience the enduring triumph of the human spirit that made our country great during World War II.

Proceeds from all book sales of “Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye” go to benefit the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Chapter 138.

Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye

Pearl Harbor Survivors Honored at Blue Wahoos Armed Forces Day

Pearl Harbor Survivors Special Guests

Our Pearl Harbor Survivors were honored with a ride around the baseball field, introductions and an opportunity to throw out the first baseball at the May 18th Armed Forces Day Commemoration during the Wahoos-BayBears baseball game in the new Bayfront Stadium in Pensacola. Bill Braddock, Jay Carraway, Frank Emond, Jake Gallowa, and Jim Landis were welcomed by the cheering crowd. The late George Mills, who passed away in December, 2012  was also remembered.

Following the presentation of Colors, Holly Shelton, our founder and co-organizer sang a touching rendition of the “National Anthem.” Twenty family and Pearl Harbor Initiative team members came together to honor our heroes.

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Pearl Harbor, One Last Goodbye – The Documentary

Pearl Harbor One Last Goodbye“Pearl Harbor One Last Goodbye”

Starting in June of 2011 Liz Watkins, along with founder Holly Shelton and co-organizer retired Lt. Colonel Bill Phillips worked tirelessly organizing and raising funds for 6 Pensacola Fl. area Pearl Harbor survivors to return to Pearl for the 70th anniversary of the attack. After funds for the trip were raised and donations were gathered this one time initiative was able to make the dream of these heros from the “greatest generation” to say one last goodbye to their fallen comrades come true. Along with 12 support personnel Watkins Productions accompanied these WW II veterans and documented the entire trip.

Over one year in the making and more than 40 hours of video – this documentary chronicles a few of the remaining Pensacola, Florida Pearl Harbor survivors on their emotional journey to Pearl Harbor for “One Last Goodbye.”

 “Pearl Harbor, One Last Goodbye”

Watch these previews to get a flavor for the story.


“Pearl Harbor, One Last Goodbye”

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Pearl Harbor Survivors Honored

World War II Rembrance

Pensacola Honors World War II Heroes.

Hundreds of patriots crowded into the atrium at the National Naval Air Museum on Friday, December 7th to pay their respects to Pensacola’s World War II survivors. Eight of our Pearl Harbor Survivors were among the heroes of that great conflict who were present.

George Mills, Bill Braddock, Frank Emond, Jacob Gallawa, Jay Carraway, Jim Landis, Dale Hendricks, Cass Phillips, as well as widows Angie Engel, Dottie Graziani and Mary Ann Glaeser waved and smiled when introduced.

“I’ve been coming to this memorial program for 19 years, first with my husband Fred and after his death, in his honor. This year’s presentation was the best ever,” said Mary Ann.

Tate High School’s Jazz Corale and Band provided 1940’s entertainment as MC CDR Robert Pisz led us down memory lane featuring photographs of local heroes and their families. Dr. Sydney Phillips, local author, and World War II hero gave the keynote address.

 Pensacola Honors our Pearl Harbor Survivors

Coming Soon! Pearl Harbor Honor Flight – One Last GoodBye



Pearl Harbor Honor Flight - One Last Goodbye

Seventy years ago several thousand young military men and women were enjoying a peaceful Hawaii Sunday morning. Out of the sky fell bombs and torpedoes in an attack that changed the world. We have worked with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn., Chapter 138 to document their return to that place in order to say “One Last Goodbye” and to honor their fallen friends and comrades. Get ready to read about the adventures of six nonagenarians as they relived December 7, 1941 in “Pearl Harbor Honor Flight – One Last Goodbye.” We are proud to share their story in this book.


Harry Simoneaux, Sr. Passes

Harry Simoneaux, Sr. Truly an American Hero

We sadly report that a member of Pearl Harbor Survivors, Chapter 138, Harry Simoneaux, Sr. passed away September 18th.

Thanks to his family, we can shareHarry Simoneaux, Sr. information about Harry’s life at

During his time in the Navy, he survived 26 major battles including the attack on Pearl Harbor.

During the four years of the war, Harry Simoneaux, Sr. had five ships, made Chief in four years, and earned 8 medals, one combat ribbon with two silver and three bronze stars.

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