Willie Nelson and Chick Galella #realheros

 Have you met Armando “Chick” Galella? He is a Pearl Harbor survivor and a friend of Willie’s. #realheros


Pearl Harbor survivor Armando “Chick” Galella gets a ride from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a yellow 1955 Corvette, after a ceremony to open the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. Peter Carr/lohud

Add one more honor to the list bestowed on Armando “Chick” Galella, a WWII and Pearl Harbor veteran, who recently became the first person across the newly opened Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge when he rode over the span with Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

Singer Willie Nelson called Galella “an American hero.”

A post on Nelson’s Facebook page shows the singer with the 96-year-old Galella, a Sleepy Hollow native.

Galella was a private first class in the U.S. Army’s 53rd Signal Corps at Hickam Field, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He lost his best friend, John Horan, in the attack.


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