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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.

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.

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. 

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
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