Office of Mayor William Peduto
MEDIA ADVISORY: MAYOR PEDUTO TO ISSUE PROCLAMATION AND UNVEIL VIDEO HONORING CREW OF THE USS PITTSBURGH, A WWII CRUISER

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 10, 2015) On Veterans Day, Mayor William Peduto will issue a proclamation to honor the crew of the USS Pittsburgh, a WWII heavy cruiser. Robert McKnight, George Jock, and Paul Gaudi are the last surviving crew members of the USS Pittsburgh still in the region and will be recognized for their service. The crew of the USS Pittsburgh demonstrated incredible valor being involved in the invasions of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and surviving a typhoon that tore the bow off the ship. Despite this, the crew has never been collectively recognized by the U.S. Military and this proclamation serves to gratefully honor these veterans.

The Mayor’s Office is also partnering with Soldiers and Saliors Memorial Hall and Museum, and Veterans Voices of Pittsburgh to hold a USS Pittsburgh exhibit in the City-County Building lobby until the end of the week. Veterans Voices of Pittsburgh recorded a video interview of Mr. McKnight and Mr. Jock to be displayed. This recording will be saved so that future generations know the history of the USS Pittsburgh. Interview video can be found here. Soldiers and Sailors Museum has also donated artifacts from the USS Pittsburgh including photos of the cruiser and pieces of the ship.

Who:  Mayor William Peduto, Mayor; Robert McKnight, Crew USS Pittsburgh; George Jock, Crew USS Pittsburgh

What: USS Pittsburgh Proclamation Ceremony and Video Unveiling

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Please enter through Ross St. entrance)

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