Beloved Pearl Harbor survivor from Sleepy Hollow turns 100

Jan 05, 2021 276

BY: James Thompson

He’s the legend of Sleepy Hollow. Armando “Chick” Galella is a Pearl Harbor survivor and World War II veteran who is the toast of his tranquil town, population 10,000. But this year is extra special because Galella is 100 — he marked a century on New Year’s Day.

On Saturday, the locals saluted their beloved patriotic hero with a motorcade and a surprise recorded shout-out from country music legend Willie Nelson, who is a fellow military vet and Galella favorite. Fireworks at dusk topped off the party. “I’m just a little Italian boy from Barnhardt Avenue,” the centenarian told The Post, adding, “I can’t complain. The good Lord has been good to me …,” Galella has had quite a life.

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