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VETERANS

Bay State District 8 Lodge Sponsors a Service Dog
Harris J. Booras Chapter 406, Watertown, Mass. hosted a dinner dance to raise funds for AHEPA's Service Dog for Warriors
Program in November 2019. There, Bay State District 8 Governor
Charles Kiritsy presented a $15,000 donation to AHEPA Service
Dogs Program Chairman George Karatzia, PSG. Veteran Keven
Lekendre, and his service dog, Ace, were in attendance for
the presentation. The naming of the service dog sponsored by
District 8 will be made at the 2020 District 8 Convention.

New Jersey Moms Raise $75,000 for Service Dogs
The third annual fundraiser organized by Patricia Malloy and
Debbie Daly held Feb. 23, 2020 raised an amazing $75,000
thanks to the support of approximately 250 donors who
attended the event held at Neil Michael's Restaurant in Hazlet,
N.J. Several veterans with their service dogs were also on-hand
to support the event.

During the past three years, Patty and Debbie successfully
have raised $150,000 in memory of their U.S. Marines sons, who
tragically succumbed to PTSD.
For more information, please visit www.ahepa-servicedogs.
org.

WWII Casualty, Son of AHEPA Founding
Father Remembered
At 17-years-old, James Nick Chotas
became the first American boy of
Greek ancestry to join the Navy from
Atlanta on November 29, 1940. If his
name sounds familiar, it is because
James was the oldest child of AHEPA
Founding Father Nick D. Chotas,
who was one of the Order's Founding
Fathers, its first Supreme President,
and first Chapter President of Mother
Lodge 1, Atlanta.
James Chotas served on the USS
Grayback (SS-208), a diesel-powered
submarine, as Radioman Third Class,
during WWII. The USS Grayback was
credited with sinking 14 enemy ships.
Unfortunately, a 500-pound bomb from
a Japanese bomber destroyed the USS
Grayback during its tenth patrol off the

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coast of Okinawa, Japan, February 26,
1944, killing all on board, including
Chotas. A few days later, the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported submarine as missing in action.
James Chotas was decorated with
the Purple Heart.
The USS Grayback had not been
seen since that fatal day until a team of
researchers discovered it in waters off
the coast of Okinawa on June 4, 2019,
some 75 years later.
Although all of James' siblings have
since passed away surviving nieces,
nephews and cousins and the Atlanta
community gathered recently for a
75-year memorial for James Chotas at
the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the
Annunciation, Atlanta.

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