The Westchester Elks, the Rotary Club of Westchester and the Westside Veterans Memorial Committee recognized H. Weldon McClintock as Veteran of the Year November 12th at the Westchester Elks Lodge.
McClintock was stationed on the naval destroyer USS Whitney in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. During the attack on the naval base, his assignment was manning a gun station.
McClintock, a Westchester resident, served in various locations during World War II, including Anawetoc, Tonga, New Caledonia, Saipan, Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
He was discharged from the Navy on January 7th, 1947.
At the ceremony, McClintock was honored with certificates from Jean Freeman, secretary of the Westside Veterans Memorial Committee, and various elected officials, including Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.
McClintock, who was unable to attend the ceremony, received the certificates at a later date from Elks board members Rich Magyar and Dan Baccelliere.
Bob Smith, vice president of the Westside Veterans Committee program, conducted the Veterans Day program, where several of the members spoke about their experiences in the military.