Silent Strength - WWII Veterans

To commemorate the 70th anniversaries of D-Day and V-J Day, American Portfolios is proud to have partnered with non-profit organization Honor Flight Long Island to capture stories of surviving WWII Veteran heroes. The Silent Strength video series, which began in 2014, will continue throughout 2015, bringing viewers fascinating, first-hand accounts from a generation of veterans who served both European and Pacific tours of duty in one of the deadliest wars in history.

Alvin Gerson | Seaman First Class/Musician 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, Navy Band/Guard Duty | Served the Mariana Islands | Received the following medals for his service: Overseas Service and Good Conduct Medal

Gerson shares his thoughts on peace-keeping and guard missions that occurred in the Mariana Islands of Guam and Rota at the close of WWII. His story unveils the laborious efforts the U.S. Navy went through in order to convince Japanese soldiers that the war had indeed ended.

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Silent Strength - WWII Veterans

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A once silent generation of American heroes has come forward to share their World War II experiences. Seventy years later, their stories of resilience and survival are told with such clarity as if it were yesterday. It is yet another reminder of the price…


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A once silent generation of American heroes has come forward to share their World War II experiences. Seventy years later, their stories of resilience and survival are told with such clarity as if it were yesterday. It is yet another reminder of the price enlisted men and women have paid serving their country to protect freedom for fellow citizens and citizens of the world.

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