continued “Scared? Hell, we weren’t scared, we were pissed off! Those Jap bastards were trying to kill us,” his father would say.
“You can take the man out of the Navy but you can’t take the Navy out of the man,” said Ryan.
There was one thing that Ryan wanted the room of veterans, survivors and family members to remember; a motto his father kept close to his heart.
“Don’t ever forget them. Keep America alert,” said Ryan.
Also in attendance were Albany County Executive Michael Breslin, Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings, Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino and USS Slater and Christian Brothers Academy color guards.
“The sacrifice of the American servicemen and women who served during World War II safeguarded our democracy and the freedom we enjoy today,” said Breslin.“We gather here today to honor these four men and their comrades who served with them, and also to ensure that all who defend our country, including those serving today, are always remembered."