join the Naval Sea Cadet Corps
as executive director,” said John
Alger, chair of the Naval Sea Cadet
Corps’ board of directors. “With his
extensive and impressive nonprofit
background, as well as his experi-
ence as a naval officer, we are very
confident that Mr. Zambernardi is
the right person to lead us as we
continue to create the next genera-
tion of leaders in this country.”
Zambernardi served in the U.S.
Navy for 23 years as a naval avia-
tor, flying the P- 3 Orion aircraft.
After his naval career, he served in
a variety of roles in the nonprofit,
government and business sectors,
including as executive vice pres-
ident of the Raskob Foundation
in Wilmington, Del. Zambernardi
previously served on the staff of
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University, and he was the
chief financial officer of the U.S.
Naval Academy Foundation and
“I am immensely excited to have this opportunity
to serve as the executive director of the U.S. Naval Sea
Cadet Corps,” Zambernardi said. “I hope to leverage
my nonprofit sector experience to innovate and expand
the already impactful Sea Cadet program.”
Navy Leaguers Mark
Pearl Harbor Anniversary
As the nation prepared to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Orange County,
Calif., Council hosted the year’s largest gathering of
Pearl Harbor survivors during an Oct. 26 luncheon at
the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
The event honored 27 survivors from across
Southern California. About a dozen were able to attend
the luncheon, which included more than 300 guests
from the Orange County community, members of
Congress, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and
major local media outlets, according to a report on the
council’s Facebook page.
The luncheon was made possible by the efforts of
Council Director Sally Nockold, President John Gates
and Judge Advocate General Rick Aguirre, according
to the report. Aguirre introduced the survivors as they
entered the club’s ballroom and each was presented
with a Hawaiian lei as they were piped in.
Many wore garrison caps adorned with pins and letters stitched on the side to denote their status as Pearl
Harbor survivors, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The survivors included Sailors and Marines from Pearl
Harbor installations and the various ships that came
under attack on Dec. 7, 1941, including Lauren F. Bruner,
one of the five living crew members of USS Arizona.
A slide show with photos and details about each of
the veterans was presented during the event. The Santa
Ana High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training
Corps unit presented the colors and formed an arch
with drawn swords under which the survivors walked
as they entered the ceremony. The 3rd Marine Air Wing
Orchestra from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar performed the National Anthem.
The Colorado Springs Council honored the memory
of Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Griffin, a Colorado
Springs resident killed at the very start of the attack
on Pearl Harbor, with a series of tributes during Pearl
Harbor recognition events in Colorado and Hawaii.
On Nov. 22, El Paso County Commissioners made
a proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2016, “Pearl Harbor
Day” in the county, according to a report in the
Colorado Springs Council newsletter Halyards. At the
same meeting, Colorado Springs Council member
Helen Collins read a similar document recognizing Griffin as the first American serviceman killed
The Orange County, Calif., Council honored survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor at an Oct.
26 luncheon. Eleven of the 27 survivors from across Southern California were able to attend the
event. They were, front row from the left, Clayton Schenkelberg, John Hughes, Richard Corder,
Carey Schofield, Jack Evans and Raymond B. Chavez. In the back row, from the left, are Howard
Bender, Adam S. Romero, Pete T. Limon, Stuart N. Hedley and Lauren F. Bruner.