Long-Time D.A. and Navy Veteran Robert Morgenthau Named Grand Marshal of 2015 Veterans Day Parade
Former World War II Shipmates Invited to Join Parade
NEW YORK, NY, September 16, 2015 – Long-time Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, a World War II Navy veteran who survived attacks by both German and Japanese aircraft, will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s America’s Parade, the New York City Veterans Day Parade, Vincent McGowan, founding president of the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), producers of the parade, announced today.
The U.S. Navy is the featured service for the 2015 America’s Parade, the largest celebration of service in the nation. More than 25,000 veterans will march up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on November 11, starting at 11:11 a.m.
Morgenthau has a distinguished public service career. After serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) for eight and a half years by appointment of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Morgenthau was elected nine times as Manhattan District Attorney from 1975 through 2009.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940. Because he was under 21, he needed permission from his father, Henry Morgenthau, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The Harry F. Bauer received the Presidential Unit Citation: “For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces as Support Ship on Radar Picket Station and in the Transport Screen during the Okinawa Campaign from March 24 to June 11, 1945…”
The Presidential Unit Citation credits the Bauer with downing 13 Japanese planes and assisted in the destruction of three others. Only 21 of the more than 500 destroyers serving in World War II were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
“In his courage under fire, his moral courage in assigning black sailors to a combat role and his extraordinary lifetime of public service, Robert Morgenthau truly represents the Greatest Generation,” said McGowan, a Marine veteran of Vietnam.
“On behalf of all our veterans, and all those who enjoy the blessings of peace and freedom because of our veterans, we thank Bob Morgenthau for his service and for agreeing to serve as Grand Marshal for the 2015 America’s Parade, the New York City Veterans Day Parade,” McGowan added.
“It is humbling to stand in the presence of Robert Morgenthau, to stand in the presence of history,” said UWVC President-elect Dan McSweeney, a Marine veteran of Iraq. “He is an inspiration to all of our veterans, especially our young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, whose grandparents served in WWII. “Bob Morgenthau reminds us we stand on the shoulders of giants.”
“I was just lucky,” Morgenthau says modestly. “But on behalf of my shipmates and all of our veterans, and the families of those who never came home and the families of those waiting for those serving today, I call on our fellow Americans to remember the debt of honor they owe those who serve.”
The United War Veterans Council is reaching out to those who served with Morgenthau on the Lansdale or the Bauer and their families to come to New York for the November 11 parade.
“Our city and our nation would be honored to bring these dedicated sailors together one last time,” McGowan said.
Anyone with information about a surviving crew member of the Lansdale or the Bauer is urged to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups and individuals interested in participating in the parade November 11 or volunteering to work on the parade are urged to call the United War Veterans Council at (212) 693-1476.
America’s Parade will be broadcast live on WPIX-TV 11, Wednesday, November 11, from noon until 3 p.m. and live-streamed on pix11.com and on military.com.
About United War Veterans Council
The United War Veterans Council, Inc. (UWVC) is a 501-(c) (19) non-profit organization that is dedicated to mobilizing the public to honor, support and serve America’s veterans through a wide range of activities and initiatives. We produce America’s Parade (the NYC Veterans Day Parade), the largest celebration of service in the nation. Since our inception, the UWVC has been a non-political, non-partisan organization, with no agenda or purpose other than serving our veterans. We represent the mosaic of the veterans’ community, encompassing veterans of all eras and backgrounds. www.uwvc.org / FB / Twitter.
Our delegation was sent to begin the planning and execution stages of the official recognition for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. We held a flag-raising ceremony with the mayor of Vierville-sur-Mer, Antoine de Bellaigue, and approximately 50 local citizens.
We also visited the American Cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer to pay our respects to the soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division who are buried there. Alan Amelinckx of the American Battle Monuments Commission, the organization that maintains American military cemeteries and monuments around the globe, including the National Guard Monument, escorted us as we followed a group of American students who had selected various soldiers to honor, including two Guardsmen, Pvt. Bedford Hoback of Virginia and Private Jordan Krummer of California. It was quite moving to see these young adults identify the names among the rows of white crosses and Stars of David and read aloud biographical essays they had researched and written about the soldiers. We watched them plant American and French flags at the grave markers of each one.
The trip was a whirlwind and the team was able to accomplish a lot of mission planning for next year while getting a good sense of what maintenance the National Guard Monument has and still needs.
Although there is plenty to suggest and recommend, the monument is in great shape and is a tremendous, moving reminder of the brave sacrifices made by National Guardsmen in the service of their states, the nation and the world.
Anne Armstrong is the deputy director of the National Guard Educational Foundation.
- See more at: http://www.ngaus.org/blog/13/08/team-visit-national-guard-monument-france#sthash.0Y1pKOwk.dpuf
Reprinted with Permission of the Associated PressCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA has eight new astronauts — its first new batch in four years.
Among the lucky candidates: the first female fighter pilot to become an astronaut in nearly two decades. Additionally, a female helicopter pilot (and WMA member) is also in the group. In fact, four of the eight selectees are women, the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected by NASA.
Monday's announcement came on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the launch of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride., who sadly passed away last summer.
The eight — all in their 30s — were chosen from more than 6,000 applications received early last year, the second largest number ever received. They will report for duty in August at Johnson Space Center in Houston and join 49 astronauts currently working at NASA. The number has dwindled since 2011 when the shuttle program was ended and several astronauts decided to seek work elsewhere rather than get in a lengthy line for relatively few long-term mission slots aboard the International Space Station.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that these new candidates will help lead the first human mission to an asteroid in the 2020s, and then Mars, sometime in the following decade. They also may be among the first to fly to the International Space Station aboard a commercial spacecraft launched from the U.S. Russia currently ferries the astronauts.
"These new space explorers asked to join NASA because they know we're doing big, bold things here — developing missions to go farther into space than ever before," Bolden said in a statement.
The Class of 2013's Nicole Aunapu Mann, a major in the Marines, is an F/A 18 pilot serving at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md. Army Maj. Anne McClain is a helicopter pilot, and the two other women, Christina Hammock and Jessica Meir, are scientists.
All four men have military backgrounds, including one who is a former emergency room physician, Dr. Andrew Morgan. The others are Josh Cassada, PhD. (a former Naval aviator), Navy Lt. Cmdr. Victor Glover, and Air Force Lt. Col. Tyler (Nick) Hague.
She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July 2007 and spent 15 months as a maintenance platoon leader and Squadron intelligence officer, flying 900 flight hours as pilot in command in the Kiowa Warrior. In 2009, she graduated from the Captain's Career Course (distinguished honor graduate) and was assigned to 1-14th Aviation Regiment at Fort Rucker as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior instructor pilot and battalion operations officer, responsible for the daily operations of all AH-64D Apache and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft and flight training activities. During this time, she also earned a spot (for the second time) on the USA Rugby Women's National Team.
She took command of C Troop, 1-14th Aviation Regiment in 2010 and oversaw the undergraduate and graduate flight training of the Kiowa Warrior and continued with her true passion, flying and teaching new pilots in the tactics and techniques of being a Scout pilot.
She attended the Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education (ILE) and graduated in December 2011 as the distinguished honor graduate. She was selected for and is currently attending the US Naval Test Pilot School, only the third Army female to do so and the first in over 20 years.
She has 2,000 flight hours in 11 different aircraft types and is qualified in the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, C-12 King Air, UH-60 Blackhawk, and UH-72 Lakota.
Her badges include the Combat Action Badge, Army Senior Aviator Badge, and Air Assault Badge. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with Valor, Air Medal (x2), Army Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Achievement Medal (x3), Overseas Service Ribbon (x3) and the National Defense Service Medal.