Virginia War Memorial opens Galanti Education Center
September 19, 2010
which also happened to be National POW/MIA Recognition Day......
GALANTI, PAUL EDWARD
Name: Paul Edward Galanti Rank/Branch: O3/United States Navy/pilot Unit: VA 216 Date of Birth: 11 July 1939 Home City of Record: Lodi NJ Date of Loss: 17 June 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 191500N 1054600E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C #149528 Missions: 97 Incident No: 0364 Other Personnel in Incident: none
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK March 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Update 2008.
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SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
PAUL E. GALANTI Lieutenant Commander- United States Navy Shot Down: June 17, 1966 Released: February 12, 1973
"My nearly seven years of captivity could be summed up in the space of a postage stamp. But I learned a valuable lesson in appreciation."
The years of zero in Commander Galanti's life began when he was shot down on June 17, 1966 near Vinh, North Vietnam. His A-4 Skyhawk was hit after an attack on a railroad siding and, although he could see the rescue destroyers off-shore, his plane went out of control before he could reach them.
He ejected from his plane, was captured, taken North to Hanoi and paraded in the infamous "Hanoi March". "This was ostensibly a 'spontaneous demonstration' on the part of the Vietnamese," says Galanti. "However, as we left the park, the blindfolds were removed, we were handcuffed in pairs and marched into the street. The first thing I saw was a bunch of political cadres with megaphones inciting the people. At the end of the first block there was a big truck with movie equipment in it to play this spectacle up. A man came running up from the side, gave me a soccer-like kick in the groin and I went down in a heap. There was so much yelling it sounded like Notre Dame scoring a touchdown at South Bend. It lasted about forty five minutes. They finally got us to a soccer stadium, where they had trucks waiting, then took us back to the prison."
In addition to the physical tortures, Commander Galanti was subjected to an agonizing session after "violating the prison regulations." Having received two letters and a package from Phyllis, he assumed it was a special deal to make him look bad in the eyes of his fellow POW's. In order to show that such was not the case, he threw a package of Lifesavers to one of the other cells in the bath-house. A guard saw and reported it. For this he was made to sit on a small stool in an interrogation room during the coldest part of the year. He sat there for ten days and nights, drugged and deprived of sleep, before being forced to apologize to the camp commander.
Although these and other individual torture stories often seemed the result of individual North Vietnamese actions, Galanti warns Americans not to forget that the overall goal of Communism is world domination. "It often got blackest just after they started smiling," he says.
Optimism helped Galanti most in surviving his ordeal. "I think it s human nature . America human nature any way. The fact that they stopped the sleep deprivation period and let me go on living was a good sign that I'd probably be going home someday. When the bombing stopped that would be a good sign. When it started up again that would be a good sign. I sincerely believe that optimism is the basis of all faith and without it I'd probably have gone crazy.
"I was born in New Jersey and raised in an Army family. I graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1957 and the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962. Phillis and I were married in August 1963 and I received my Navy wings shortly after that.
My Dad taught me that you must have goals-an overall goal and smaller goals in between. My lifelong goal was to be a pilot; the smaller ones were to finish elementary school then high school then enter college and finally to finish flight training. During captivity the Code of Conduct was my goal. Sometimes pretty tough to live up to the Code was the standard the goal to strive for."
Galanti finished flight training refresher in November 1973. He served a tour in Navy Recruiting in Richmond, Virginia pushing optimism in over 200 presentations to schools churches and civic groups. He is currently attending Graduate School at the University of Richmond. Paul and Phyllis Galanti reside a few miles from the University in Richmond's scenic West End.
Paul Galanti retired from the United States Navy as a Commander. He and his wife Phyllis reside in Virginia. They are active in the ex-pow organization NAM-POWs, Inc.
Richmond Times-Dispatch Sunday, February 15, 1998
AN EX-POW REFLECTS, A QUARTER CENTURY OUT Paul Galanti of Richmond spent 6 1/2 years in North Vietnamese prison camps. He reflects here on his experiences on the 25th anniversary of his release from captivity.
"This can't be happening to me," .....
35 Years After Shoot-Down: Ex-POW Reflects on Life After Hanoi
PAUL GALANTI TIMES-DISPATCH COLUMNIST
Jun 17, 2001
June 17, 1966. Thirty-five years ago. Not much of note happened that day. The murder of three people in a bar in Patterson, New Jersey, allegedly by boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, dominated the domestic newsfront. The Chief of Naval Operations approved a plan to reduce the time in overhaul for nuclear submarines (that ultimately was suspected as a cause of the sinking of the USS Scorpion several years later). It was just another "ho-hum" day for many Americans......
---------------------- Paul E. Galanti Richmond, Virginia
Inducted 12 Nov 2005 into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.
Inducted in 2005, Paul E. Galanti began his flying career at the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1962. He immediately entered Navy jet flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida and completed advanced flight training at Naval Air Station Beeville, Texas. In 1963 he received his Naval wings and was chosen to be a flight instructor at Pensacola. In November 1964 Paul was assigned to the Navy Light Jet Attack Squadron 216 (VA-216), flying the A4-C Skyhawk and was based aboard the carrier USS Hancock. In November of 1965 the USS Hancock departed for Southeast Asia. On June 17, 1966 while conducting an attack on a railroad siding near Vinh, North Vietnam, Paul was shot down and taken prisoner. He had flown 97 combat missions. He was released from prison nearly 7 years later on February 12, 1973. Following a rehabilitation period at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., he was assigned to the Navy Recruiting District in Richmond as an Executive Officer. He then was assigned CO of the Richmond Recruiting district and set new records as Chief Recruiter in Virginia. In 1979 Paul retired from the Navy. In 1983 he became the first non-pharmacist Executive Director of the Virginia Pharmaceutical Association in its 100 year history and initiated many innovations in his 9 year tenure. He is currently in charge of marketing and external affairs for Eye-Q, UC, a web application developer. He is author and webmaster of the NAM-POW webpage and holds many awards for his military service and for his work in the civilian sector. He is also a motivational speaker and has spoken to over 1300 groups, including school children and physicians. =====================
September 19, 2010
Galanti center to open at Virginia War Memorial
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - A woman known to almost every military veteran in Central Virginia has died. Phyllis Galanti said she was just an average ...
From Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center page: Funeral services: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 3 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 4602 Cary Street Richmond, VA 23226 Bliley Funeral Homes P.O. Box 6267 3801 Augusta Avenue Richmond, VA 23230 804.355.3800 Viewing yet to be scheduled. Link to page, has links to articles about Phyllis. http://www.vawarmemorial.org/vawm/View.aspx?page=thememorial/phyllisgalanti
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 pm
Some work of noble note ...
Not unbecoming men that strode with gods.
There was a time, in the 1970s, when Phyllis Galanti, who died early Wednesday, could have run for governor and won in a walk. Just about every Virginian, every American, knew her name – and loved her. But there were some in all the wrong places who wished she would just disappear up the chimney.
From the Richmond, VA Richmond-Times Newspaper