[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 116 (Tuesday, July 11, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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HON. DONALD NORCROSS
of new jersey
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Mr. NORCROSS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor United States Army
Veteran, Mr. Alex Horanzy of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just across
the Delaware River from my Congressional District in Southern New
Mr. Horanzy was born April 22, 1922. He grew up with six other
siblings in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. On July 13,
1939, at age 17 and with his father's permission, he enlisted in the
After completing basic training with the 66th Infantry Fort Meade,
Maryland, Private Horanzy requested to be shipped overseas; he would be
stationed in Oahu, Hawaii where he was assigned to the 19th Infantry at
Schofield Barracks, later known as the 24th Infantry Division.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, Mr. Horanzy was jolted awake by
the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Horanzy not only survived the Pearl
Harbor attack, but his unit courageously fought back and protected our
nation in time of conflict. Mr. Horanzy is one of only 88 survivors of
Pearl Harbor and the only survivor from the Greater Philadelphia
Mr. Horanzy's military service would take him to Australia for
intensive training in jungle fighting, and to New Guinea, where he
contracted malaria. Mr. Horanzy was honorably discharged from the U.S.
military in 1945.
After his military service, Mr. Horanzy attended commercial art
school, worked for the Department of the Army, passed his GED test,
entered a 4-year apprenticeship for machinists and toolmakers, and
worked his way up to a qualified assurance specialist for the Defense
Department before his retirement.
He married and had three children.
Alex Horanzy is an honorable American, having served our great
nation in a time of war, and merits our collective appreciation.
Alex Horanzy is the living embodiment of the Greatest Generation. I
ask you to join me in saluting and thanking Alex Horanzy for his
service to our country.