Pearl Harbor Survivor William Braddock Celebrates 94th Birthday

Happy 94th Birthday, Sgt. Maj. Braddock

Bill Braddock 94th Birthday

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Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima Survivor, Sgt. Maj. William (Bill) Braddock, USMC (RET.) celebrates 94th birthday with family and friends. In true Louisiana fashion, his son Dale had the fish, shrimp, fries and hush puppies piled high in addition to a giant pot of gumbo simmering on a back burner.

Some members of the Pearl Harbor Initiative, which was responsible for coordinating the 2011 honor flight for six Pearl Harbor Survivors to return to Pearl in celebration of the 70th commemoration of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,  joined Bill’s children and grand children as they honored their “hero Dad.”   Honor flight trip co-organizer, Lt Col Bill Phillips and his wife, Kathy, Rick Carraway, wife, Theresa and daughter, Samantha, and photographer/authors Robert and Billie Nicholson listened with smiles as Bill’s daughter, Carole, shared stories about how their dad had taught his kids how to swim. They learned so well, all five served as life guards at Corey Station. Three of his children still live nearby and the others are just a phone call away.

Bill Braddock 94th Birthday

Lt Col William Phillips, USAF (RET.) & wife Lt. Col Kathryn Phillips, USAF (RET.)

Bill Braddock 94th Birthday

Robert & Billie Nicholson, authors “Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye”








Sgt. Maj.Braddock shared details of his preparations for this year’s hunting season. His hunting club has already been out cleaning  and repairing tree stands and setting up feeding stations.

Happy 94th Birthday to you!

When it was time for cake, Sgt. Maj. puffed up his chest and blew out the candles, including those hard to extinguish sparklers.

Bill Braddock 94th BirthdayWhat’s next for the Pearl Harbor Survivors? Col. Phillips revealed some of the plans for a Dec. 7th trip to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. The three remaining Survivors will be part of a remembrance presentation and get special behind the scenes tours. When asked about the trip, Sgt. Maj. Braddock smiled and said, “We’ll be taking things one day at a time.”

Happy 94th Birthday, Hero!

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.

Myron "Jay" Carraway

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.

James Vlahake Landis Reports to His Final Command

Jim LandisJim Landis, Senior Chief Petty Officer, USN

Jim passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on November 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Anne Burmester.

Born is Detroit, Michigan on January 10, 1920, the son of Nicholas Vlahake Landis, a World War I veteran and Maria Rizan, a French national, Jim was raided in a Catholic Seminary in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France until he was 13 years old. He returned to the United States to graduate from Jackson High School in Jackson, MI. He completed two years of college before joining the US Navy in December of 1939.

Jim Landis – Pearl Harbor Survivor

Jim Landis

After being wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, he received the first of three Purple Hearts. He continued to serve on the old USS Lexington (CV-2) aircraft carrier until its sinking on May 8, 1942 during the battle of the Coral Sea. Other assignments included Guadalcanal in 1943, the Black Cat Squadron, and flying the Bob Hope entertainment troop, where he met the love of his life, Anne. He said, “The first time I met her I just melted. We were on tour for two weeks. When we got back, we went to Tijuana and got married.”Jim Landis

His entire Navy career was in aviation in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He served on several aircraft carriers to include the USS Mindoro (CVE-120), USS Saratoga (CVA-60), and the USS Independence (CVA-62), and later, a four year assignment with his family working out of Thailand aerial mapping SE Asia.

Jim Landis retired at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in 1970 with 30 years in the Navy, followed by a successful career in real estate.

He was a member of the national and local Pearl Harbor Survivors Associations. An airplane he flew in during the war is on display at the National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. He reminded us, “When we’re all dead and gone, this plane, #2106, will still be a Pearl Harbor Survivor.”

The SBD, a dive bomber, has it’s own history. Assigned to the USS Lexington (CV-2) until the Lex sunk, it was transferred to the USS Yorktown (CV-10), which was also sunk at the battle of Midway Island. Somehow it made it’s way stateside to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center where it was used as a trainer. It crashed into Lake Michigan and remained under water for 50 years. Discovered, retrieved and restored at Naval Aviation Museum, it a memorial to all World War II veterans as well as to Jim. “I flew in this very plane, it’s in my flight log book,” Jim said.

Jim Landis SBD # 2106

Jim will be missed but not forgotten.


Pearl Harbor Survivors

Pearl Harbor Survivors and active duty military pay respects to their fallen comrade.

 James Landis, Fair winds and following seas, dear friend.