Reliable Hospice Honors Veteran WWII Veteran Photographer with Special Pinning Ceremony and Congressional Recognition
Congressman Rohrabacher and American Legion Commander Rich Carson Presented Special Honor
LEISURE WORLD (SEAL BEACH), Calif., March 28, 2018 – Servicing patients and their families in a supportive and loving way is the mission of Reliable Hospice. Following the model of true service exemplified by its veteran patients, Reliable Hospice honored one of its patients for his WWII service on Saturday, March 24, with a special military pinning ceremony and congressional recognition.
The ceremony was held at the patient’s home in Leisure World in Seal Beach, where veteran WWII photographer John D’Angelo (retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt.) resides. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher representing the 48th District of California, presented D’Angelo with a U.S. flag that was flown over the nation’s Capitol at the congressman’s request. Rich Carson, American Legion Post Cmdr. at Leisure World, officially pinned D’Angelo with a special respect and camaraderie earned from one experienced veteran to another.
At 94 years old, a happy D’Angelo was moved by all of the attention but said he was only doing what needed to be done for our country and enjoyed being a part of something important. He enlisted a year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He started off in communications doing tasks related to relaying messages in morse code. Asked if he’d like to take pictures instead, he said yes and volunteered to fly with the gunners in B-24 bombers. Based in Saipan, he flew with gunners in their preparatory air bombardment missions and was responsible for taking photos of the pre-invasion bombings of Iwo Jima prior to the U.S. Marine invasion. He simultaneously took photos of the other bomber planes in formation with his bomber. (an example of John’s photos can be found at Iwo jima bombing photographs.)
“According to the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs, we are losing 372 veterans per day and only 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2017,” said Rajiv Sanghvi, chief executive officer for Reliable Hospice. “We believe it is important to recognize and honor their self-sacrifices and dedication to service which above all else we aim to emulate. Our hospice’s Veteran Appreciation Program is one of the volunteer services we are most proud of. Today’s celebration was definitely one of those days for sharing treasured military adventures and creating new memories that John’s family and friends will always remember.”
Reliable Hospice serves patients and their families throughout Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties with a commitment to improving quality of life and providing care that matters. Reliable offers compassion for the journey and support for the family. For more information on Reliable Hospice or its Veteran Appreciation Program visit www.reliablehospice.org