Author: Mr. Jack Holder
Pearl Harbor Survivor/PBY-Squadron VP23/ Ford Island
A WWII Naval Aviation Story
Jack’s story begins at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Through the next four years his life will change forever as he feels the adrenaline, excitement and fear of a war that would take him to Midway, Guadalcanal, the English Channel and many other places fighting for what he believes.
A Sun Lakes resident who survived the Pearl Harbor attack has written a book chronicling his experience as an aircraft flight engineer during World War II.
Jack Holder’s story begins at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Through the next four years, his life changed forever as he felt the adrenaline, excitement and fear of a war that took him to Midway, Guadalcanal, the English Channel and many other places during the conflict.
In fact, that’s the title of his book, Adrenaline, Excitement and Fear. The book was published January 1, 2015 and is available at www.FarabeePublishing.com.
Holder was on duty that day at Ford Island and recalls the men had just fallen in for muster, when “we heard a terrible explosion. We ran outside the hangar and saw the hangar next to ours engulfed in smoke and flames. We also saw several planes overhead with the rising sun markings.” He knew instantly the U.S. had been drawn into World War II.
He and other men dove into a ditch behind the hangar. A Japanese fighter saw them and started firing, but hit the dirt piled up beside the ditch, missing the men by only a few feet.
The book also chronicles Holder’s experience during the Battle of Midway. Holder was a flight engineer in the second PB-Y Catalina aircraft that spotted the Japanese fleet. The next day Navy dive bombers destroyed three Japanese aircraft carriers and a fourth carrier a few days later. Victory in the Battle of Midway turned the tide for the U.S. against the Japanese.
The rest of the book follows Holder from Guadalcanal where he flew 34 missions as a flight engineer, to San Diego where he trained as a flight engineer in B-24 aircraft, to England where he flew 56 missions patrolling the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
He was discharged from the Navy in 1948.
Holder has given dozens of speeches about his Pearl Harbor experience to local groups throughout the Chandler area. He was one of 12 Pearl Harbor survivors invited by the Greatest Generations Foundation to attend a ceremony for survivors at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2014. He was selected as WWII Grand Marshall for the Phoenix Veterans Day parade November 11.
Dr. Keith Kantor-
Dr. Kantor has been an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 30 years. In 1994 he was appointed CEO of Service Foods, Inc., the largest all natural food company of its kind in the United States. He is currently the CEO and Founder of the NAMED Program, which frees people from addiction through nutrition.
He has a PhD in Nutritional Science, a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, and a Doctorate in Business Entrepreneurship. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry.
Dr. Kantor has been married for 39 years to Karen DeFiore Kantor. Karen is a registered nurse and is Director of Nursing for Service Foods, Green Box Foods, Blue Ribbon Foods and Southern Foods At Home. They have two children. Kimberly is the General Manager for Lifetime Fitness at the Dallas area Diamond gym. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. Ryan received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his Master degree from the University of Georgia. He is currently employed with Georgia Pacific in Atlanta Georgia as Marketing Research Manager.
Specialties: The premier doctor correlating nutritional food science with preventing and mitigating disease. Chaired the Natural Products Committee requested by Congress on product criteria and label specifications for all natural foods in the United States. Chaired the Blue Ribbon panel requested by Congress on lowering health care costs in the United States. He is on the Board of Directors and Vice President of the All Natural Food Council of North America, a 55 year old 501C3 that helps govern the all natural food industry. He is also on the Communications Committee for the Natural Products Association, a 75 year old 501C3, that is the voice of the natural products industry and works very close with Congress.
Dr. Kantor has been an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps since 1976, and still serves in the reserves.