Pearl Harbor survivor honored |

Pearl Harbor survivor honored

r to l seated William Dobbins, Roger Haines , Dennis Fruzza Legion Post 130. Robert Richards and Donald Chapman. Legion District 7 Not Shown Jeanette Fruzza and Sandra Haines from Frank Gallino American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130, Grass Valley.
John Hart | The Union

Recently, several American Legion members visited William Dobbins, a much-decorated, retired 30-year naval veteran (and a member of Post 130 in Grass Valley) who was present at Pearl Harbor.

He was on his way to a church service when the first of seven torpedoes struck his ship, the West Virginia, which fortunately stayed afloat.

Dobbins is now nearly 93 and is very sharp and active. Despite a physical handicap, his favorite job is to repair mostly motorized wheelchairs in order to help others in need in our community.

The Elks and Knights of Columbus generously underwrite associated expenses, in particular, batteries, which are costly, $300 per wheelchair.

The American Legion presented Dobbins with a certificate of appreciation for his naval and civilian contributions, a medal and several pictures of the West Virginia and other naval ships.

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