‘Greatest Generation’ returns for Dec. 7 remembrances

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
Veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor and members of The Greatest Generation Foundation (TGGF) listen to the history of Fort Shafter during a tour of the installation, Tuesday. Pictured (from left) are Michael Ganitch, Payton Smith, Clarence Byal and Victor Miranda. TGGF is a nonprofit international organization dedicated to promoting recognition and respect for war veterans of past and current conflicts.

Veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor and members of The Greatest Generation Foundation (TGGF) listen to the history of Fort Shafter during a tour of the installation, Tuesday. Pictured (from left) are Michael Ganitch, Payton Smith, Clarence Byal and Victor Miranda. TGGF is a nonprofit international organization dedicated to promoting recognition and respect for war veterans of past and current conflicts.

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. William Sallette
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Twelve returning veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor began a weeklong tour of bases and historical sites on Oahu with The Greatest Generation Foundation (TGGF), here, Tuesday.

The Greatest Generation Foundation is a nonprofit international organization dedicated to promoting recognition and respect for war veterans of past and current conflicts while enhancing historical education for today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

“Over the next three years, the majority of Pearl Harbor survivors will be gone, and it will be up to today’s generation to perpetuate the legacy of those who experienced Pearl Harbor,” said Timothy Davis, president of TGGF.

TGGF determined that veterans would benefit greatly from the opportunity to return to a foreign battlefield to find some measure of closure and identified the need to provide financial assistance to veterans to make these journeys, as well as program organization and guiding.

“As a public charitable organization, we feel it is an obligation to provide these aging vets one last opportunity to say thank you to their fallen brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Davis.

The veterans will tour Fort Shafter, Tripler Army Medical Center, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. They will also attend the official 72nd annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

Along with tours of the historic sites at many of the U.S. bases on the island, TGGF has been invited to tour the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, too.

The USS Nimitz is a nuclear-powered multi-mission aircraft super carrier based out of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., and is currently underway for its 2013 Western Pacific deployment.

TGGF works to ensure that the honor and sacrifice of these veterans is never forgotten. The value of their deeds is never allowed to disappear.

(Editor’s note: See the Dec. 13 edition for more about TGGF.)

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