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The Greatest Generations Foundation  CHANDLER, AZ

94-YEAR-OLD PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR HAS LIFE SAVINGS STOLEN BY THIEVES

OFFICIAL PAGE FOR JACK HOLDER

ARIZONA: Thieves stole the life savings of a U.S. Navy veteran, who survived Pearl Harbor and flew missions over both fronts during World War II.

"I've seen devastation I'll never forget," Jack Holder said of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, which he witnessed when he was 18.

Holder is now 94, and completely healthy. He flew in the Battle of Midway, and later over the English Channel in a B-24.

Following a career in the Navy, Holder lived and worked all over the world in industries ranging from oil to the airlines to professional golf.

After all of his worldly experience, Holder cannot believe he fell victim to a common scam.

Someone claiming to be from the Publisher's Clearing House called his home in Chandler and told him he'd won $4.7 million, and a new Mercedes Benz.

"I'd entered their drawings years ago, and they said they keep the entries for many years," Holder said.

The scammers told Holder he had to pay taxes before he was given his prizes. He and his fiancée, Ruth Calabro, wrote several checks, totaling $43,000.

When the thieves asked for another installment of $100 bills tucked into the pages of a magazine, they knew they'd been scammed.

"I'm completely devastated. I can't believe how stupid I was," Holder said.

"They took all I had," Calabro said. "Now I don't have anything."

The FBI is investigating, but Holder doubts he'll get his money back.

In the meantime, Holder is going back to work. He enrolled in real estate school and hopes to make the money he lost back. "I have one test to go," he said.

Copyright 2016 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. Story by Robert Anglen.

ABOUT TGGF
TGGF is a 501c3 non-profit orgainzation headquartered in Colorado dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of all veterans and ensuring that their legacies are recorded and retold in perpetuity to future generations.

TGGF is located at 3773 Cherry Creek North Drive, Suite 575, Denver, Colorado 80209.

HOW DO WE KNOW JACK HOLDER
Jack Holder is a member of TGGF and helps coordinate our annual return programs back to Pearl Harbor sponsored by TGGF to commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, during World War II. Please see a few photos on Jack's return with TGGF. 

GENERAL INFORMATION
As Jack Holder is 94 years old and this site is managed by The Greatest Generations Foundation for the Holder Family.

All fund raised will be turned over to Mr. Holder at the end of the campaign.

For all addition questions, concerns or would like to interview Mr. Jack Holder for his service to our great nation, please contact The Greatest Generations Foundation directly and we will be happy to put you in touch with Mr. Jack Holder.

 To learn more about TGGF and our work with veterans, please visit us online or contact us directly. 

Thank you for your ongoing support in the work we do to preserve the legacies of those that have served our nation in uniform.

The Greatest Generations Foundation
Remember Those Who Served

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Update 3
Posted by The Greatest Generations Foundation
10 months ago
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Friends,

On behalf of The Greatest Generations Foundation, we want to thank all donors and supporters that made a difference in contributing to Jack and Ruth Holder. Over the coming weeks, Mr. & Mrs. Holder will acknowledge your contribution in the form of a personal email.

In advance, I wish to thank you for your time and consideration in our organization, our mission, and in the work we do to honor those who put us before themselves.

Timothy Davis
President and CEO
The Greatest Generations Foundation
Remember Those Who Served
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Update 2
Posted by The Greatest Generations Foundation
11 months ago
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Pearl Harbor Survivor Scammed has reached 51% of its goal. Thanks to Shana Schwarz, The Greatest Generations Foundation and all involved who donated to this campaign to help Pearl Harbor Survivor Jack Holder.

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Update 1
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11 months ago
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Supporters:

We have now merged both campaign pages to support Pearl Harbor Survivor Jack Holder, and together with Shana Schwarz efforts, we have just past $20,000 for Jack and Ruth Holder and will continue to until we have reached our goal.

As Jack Holder is a member of The Greatest Generations Foundation Annual Pearl Harbor programs to Hawaii, Jack has requested The Greatest Generations Foundation control the online page with GOFUNDME.

Please Note: Per the agreement with GOFUNDME, all funds raised by Shana Schwarz efforts have been turned over to Mr. & Mrs. Holder.

For questions, concerns or would like to interview Mr. Jack Holder, please contact The Greatest Generations Foundation directly.

Remember Those Who Served
The Greatest Generations Foundation
Address: 3773 Cherry Creek North Drive
Suite 575
Denver, Colorado 80209
Jack Holder (left) with TGGF survivors
Jack saluting young children in Hawaii
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Shana Schwarz
11 months ago

For those questioning the legitimacy of the page, good for you for being skeptical. Really- that's smart in light of what happened. I started the original page and it got to $19,800 before I merged it with this page to avoid any confusion about having two active pages. I met with Mr. Holder this morning to get the check cut directly to him from GoFundMe (see my profile picture- that's us from today) and the Greatest Generation Foundation will handle the rest of the money raised and get it to him. They have sponsored his trips to Pearl Harbor and Mr. Holder requested that I work with them because he knows and trusts them. Every donation means the world to Jack and I can tell you from our meeting today that he is so, so blown away by what we have done for him. Thank you all!!

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Tim Bullard
11 months ago
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I am broke and cash low right now but I can spare a 10 for this guy. One of his B24 runs over the English channel may have saved my Fathers life . I could owe him everything.

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Mark Daily
11 months ago
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Mr. Shippee- Jack is more alert and active than people half his age. He knows he made a mistake and I am sure he won't repeat it! He regularly gives speeches about his experiences at Pearl Harbor and has written a book about them.

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Kathy Bernhardt McLain
11 months ago
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The amount needs to be increased - someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe he will have to pay taxes on these donations. It probably needs to be raised to at least $50K in order to cover the taxes.

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Merle Walton
10 months ago
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I can't donate today due to financial responsibilities but I've shared this, I'm getting the word out on FB to my friends and Veteran/Navy Veteran groups, and will be back to donate. Jack, Thank you for your service brother. It is because of Men and Women like you whom put their lives on the line for us that we live in one of the greatest nations in history. I hope your total far surpasses what you lost. Merle Former FC2

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Mark Daily
11 months ago
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I agree with everything Shana said! My wife and I met up with Jack and Ruth this morning at the Nat'l Cemetary in Phoenix. Afterwards we went to Jacks house and met Shana. (I actually took the pic she just posted). Shana is a wonderful young lady who just wanted to do the right thing. Thanks again Shana!

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Rob Rimar
10 months ago
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Best wishes from the sailors of S-7 Division, USS Midway CV-41. Thank you for your service.

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Mark Daily
10 months ago
1
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Merle- thanks for your kind words. Jack reads all of these posts and is humbled by all the support he has received.

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Mark Daily
11 months ago
1
1

I know Jack and will be meeting with him at the Memorial Day ceremony at the National Cemetary in Phoenix tomorrow . After we leave there, we are going to his house to get together with Shana. This gofundme campaign is totally legitimate- too bad it's necessary. I hope the people that did this burn in hell.

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11 months ago
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See how that worked out. Great job Shana! Best Blessings., Jack Honour

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Janos Gabor Wardian
4 months ago

God bless!! Thank you for your service!!!

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Ilona Geary
10 months ago

Thank you for your service. I hope this helps restore your faith in humanity. Seeing the best in others, having faith is never a bad thing. There are more good people than bad. You are a credit to your family and to your nation, and these donations are proof that the "good guy" wins. Blessings! The Geary Family

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Bob Dalpe
10 months ago

Just talked to Jack a few seconds ago: He is still in shock. Thank you

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Andrew Murrow
10 months ago

I understand and feel bad for this vet but I can't see why a vet who is working hard to help all vets and military can't even get any donations on my fund but people here help just one person not that I don't think he needs this help he dose but please if u are helping vets I'm a vet trying to help all my friends in the military and out

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Sheryl Zwolski Keeme
10 months ago

I work for Keystone Law Firm--a Sun Lakes area estate planning firm. We help people protect their property and decisions while they are still living and after. Our founder and managing attorney, Francisco Sirvent, would like to help this couple with their estate plan at no cost. They will have all of the proper documents to assure everything they have will be protected from probate-no matter what happens. If anyone knows how we can reach them, please let me know.

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Steven Shippee
11 months ago

I think this is a very admirable cause - and will probably donate - but should something like this come with oversight (guardian, executor, conservator, etc.?) for the recipient - so that he (or she) doesn't get scammed again?

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Michael Voight
11 months ago

On the tax issue. You don't pay tax on gifts you receive. Google "gift tax" .... And, even if it were taxable, he has a $43K loss to offset it. So, in any case, he is not going to be out any money, and will probably get more more than he lost.

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Heather Danielson Leach
11 months ago

Jack also has written an excellent book about his experience in Pearl Harbor called "Fear, Adrenaline, and Excitement" available on Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fear-adrenaline-and-excitement-jack-holder/1123769831?ean=9781622175215&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP668&k_clickid=3x668 and Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Fear-Adrenaline-Excitement-Jack-Holder/dp/1622175212/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464639159&sr=1-1&keywords=jack+holder.

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Jen Young Sutton
11 months ago

Since gofundme takes 5% of each donation, the total probably needs to be raised a bit.

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Andy Casey
11 months ago

He actuality will not likely have to pay any taxes at all since each individual donation is generally small. Large amounts from one person might meet the threshold for taxation, but since each individual donation is taxed separately, he may end up having to pay nothing at all.

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$65,275 of $50k goal

Raised by 999 people in 11 months
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Created May 27, 2016
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The Greatest Generations Foundation  
RJ
$25
Ruth Jordan
10 months ago
MD
$50
Mark Dias
10 months ago
GN
$15
Gabriela Nuno
10 months ago
$10
Peggi Pelzer
10 months ago

God bless you for your service. We wish you happiness and peace of mind in the future.

GS
$25
Gordon Schenk
10 months ago

Thank you for your incredible service

CR
$25
Clark Richard
10 months ago
JC
$25
John Chambers
10 months ago
DY
$25
Douglas Younkin
10 months ago

Thank you for your service to our wonderful country! Have fun on your honeymoon! Doug & Stevie Younkin

SN
$500
Scot Northern
10 months ago
1
1

I can never repay you or your generation for your service. Scot Northern

MS
$25
Mark Shavitz
10 months ago
1
1

My father is a 95 WW11 vet, my father-in-law is a 97 year old WW11 vet. You guys saved the world. God Bless You. Congratulations of your engagement...remember to practice safe sex.

Shana Schwarz
11 months ago

For those questioning the legitimacy of the page, good for you for being skeptical. Really- that's smart in light of what happened. I started the original page and it got to $19,800 before I merged it with this page to avoid any confusion about having two active pages. I met with Mr. Holder this morning to get the check cut directly to him from GoFundMe (see my profile picture- that's us from today) and the Greatest Generation Foundation will handle the rest of the money raised and get it to him. They have sponsored his trips to Pearl Harbor and Mr. Holder requested that I work with them because he knows and trusts them. Every donation means the world to Jack and I can tell you from our meeting today that he is so, so blown away by what we have done for him. Thank you all!!

+ Read More
Tim Bullard
11 months ago
5
5

I am broke and cash low right now but I can spare a 10 for this guy. One of his B24 runs over the English channel may have saved my Fathers life . I could owe him everything.

+ Read More
Mark Daily
11 months ago
4
4

Mr. Shippee- Jack is more alert and active than people half his age. He knows he made a mistake and I am sure he won't repeat it! He regularly gives speeches about his experiences at Pearl Harbor and has written a book about them.

+ Read More
Kathy Bernhardt McLain
11 months ago
4
4

The amount needs to be increased - someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe he will have to pay taxes on these donations. It probably needs to be raised to at least $50K in order to cover the taxes.

+ Read More
Merle Walton
10 months ago
3
3

I can't donate today due to financial responsibilities but I've shared this, I'm getting the word out on FB to my friends and Veteran/Navy Veteran groups, and will be back to donate. Jack, Thank you for your service brother. It is because of Men and Women like you whom put their lives on the line for us that we live in one of the greatest nations in history. I hope your total far surpasses what you lost. Merle Former FC2

+ Read More
Mark Daily
11 months ago
3
3

I agree with everything Shana said! My wife and I met up with Jack and Ruth this morning at the Nat'l Cemetary in Phoenix. Afterwards we went to Jacks house and met Shana. (I actually took the pic she just posted). Shana is a wonderful young lady who just wanted to do the right thing. Thanks again Shana!

+ Read More
Rob Rimar
10 months ago
1
1

Best wishes from the sailors of S-7 Division, USS Midway CV-41. Thank you for your service.

+ Read More
Mark Daily
10 months ago
1
1

Merle- thanks for your kind words. Jack reads all of these posts and is humbled by all the support he has received.

+ Read More
Mark Daily
11 months ago
1
1

I know Jack and will be meeting with him at the Memorial Day ceremony at the National Cemetary in Phoenix tomorrow . After we leave there, we are going to his house to get together with Shana. This gofundme campaign is totally legitimate- too bad it's necessary. I hope the people that did this burn in hell.

+ Read More
11 months ago
1
1

See how that worked out. Great job Shana! Best Blessings., Jack Honour

+ Read More
Janos Gabor Wardian
4 months ago

God bless!! Thank you for your service!!!

+ Read More
Ilona Geary
10 months ago

Thank you for your service. I hope this helps restore your faith in humanity. Seeing the best in others, having faith is never a bad thing. There are more good people than bad. You are a credit to your family and to your nation, and these donations are proof that the "good guy" wins. Blessings! The Geary Family

+ Read More
Bob Dalpe
10 months ago

Just talked to Jack a few seconds ago: He is still in shock. Thank you

+ Read More
Andrew Murrow
10 months ago

I understand and feel bad for this vet but I can't see why a vet who is working hard to help all vets and military can't even get any donations on my fund but people here help just one person not that I don't think he needs this help he dose but please if u are helping vets I'm a vet trying to help all my friends in the military and out

+ Read More
Sheryl Zwolski Keeme
10 months ago

I work for Keystone Law Firm--a Sun Lakes area estate planning firm. We help people protect their property and decisions while they are still living and after. Our founder and managing attorney, Francisco Sirvent, would like to help this couple with their estate plan at no cost. They will have all of the proper documents to assure everything they have will be protected from probate-no matter what happens. If anyone knows how we can reach them, please let me know.

+ Read More
Steven Shippee
11 months ago

I think this is a very admirable cause - and will probably donate - but should something like this come with oversight (guardian, executor, conservator, etc.?) for the recipient - so that he (or she) doesn't get scammed again?

+ Read More
Michael Voight
11 months ago

On the tax issue. You don't pay tax on gifts you receive. Google "gift tax" .... And, even if it were taxable, he has a $43K loss to offset it. So, in any case, he is not going to be out any money, and will probably get more more than he lost.

+ Read More
Heather Danielson Leach
11 months ago

Jack also has written an excellent book about his experience in Pearl Harbor called "Fear, Adrenaline, and Excitement" available on Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fear-adrenaline-and-excitement-jack-holder/1123769831?ean=9781622175215&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP668&k_clickid=3x668 and Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Fear-Adrenaline-Excitement-Jack-Holder/dp/1622175212/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464639159&sr=1-1&keywords=jack+holder.

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Jen Young Sutton
11 months ago

Since gofundme takes 5% of each donation, the total probably needs to be raised a bit.

+ Read More
Andy Casey
11 months ago

He actuality will not likely have to pay any taxes at all since each individual donation is generally small. Large amounts from one person might meet the threshold for taxation, but since each individual donation is taxed separately, he may end up having to pay nothing at all.

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