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Topic: 100-Year-Old Navy Vet Speaks on 75th Anniv of VJ Day
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100-Year-Old Navy Vet Speaks on 75th Anniv of VJ Day

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Posted: Aug 10, 2020 11:01 PM
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Mickey Ganitch, age 100, is a WWII Navy veteran who witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and served all the way to the Battle of Okinawa and the signing of surrender documents by Japan - 75 years ago today - the day WWII officially ended. He was on with Martha MacCallum tonight.

Dec 7, 1941, he was perched 80 feet high in the crow's nest of his ship in Pearl Harbor feeding information to superiors on anything he could see as
Japanese planes dropped bombs and fired guns. Planes buzzed all around in every direction, sometimes so close Mickey said he could have hit them with rocks - had he had any to throw.

He continued to serve all the way to Aug 10, 1945, when the surrender was signed (and beyond). While the surrender ceremony was conducted, Mickey and his ship, which was torpedoed and nearly sunk at Okinawa, was slowly being towed to Guam.

Ganitch has volunteered ever since the war ended - helping veterans as a chaplain for the fleet and other duties. Today at 100, he still drives veterans to appointments. He could easily pass for a man in his 70s despite being a centenarian.

It does not appear there is any stopping Oakland's Mickey Ganitch anytime soon.


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Posted: Aug 10, 2020 11:24 PM
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What is sad is there are so few of these hero's left.Sadder is the % of the population that is either to young to remember,or could care less about the flag,or the anthem these guys fought for.


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Posted: Aug 11, 2020 12:25 AM
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The greatest generation is leaving us so fast.

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Posted: Aug 11, 2020 4:36 AM
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Our collective memory about WW2 was it was about good vs evil. The problem with all the wars and conflicts that have come after it don't have that division.


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Posted: Aug 11, 2020 5:08 AM
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I don't want this to sound like a "my country right or wrong " but once we're in a conflict , how can we not support the troops .


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