Dario Raschio joined the Navy at the age of 27 and went on to participate in five campaigns during World War II — he even had to survive shark-infested Pacific Ocean waters when his plane was shot down on Easter Sunday, 1944.
On Saturday, the 100-year-old Navy veteran was set to receive a special honor from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in Portland, Oregon, when dozens of “hands up, don’t shoot” protestors suddenly crashed the presentation.
As reported on oregonlive.com, the “black lives matter” crowd almost spoiled the joyful occasion:
…protesters erupted in the back of the room, shouting “hands-up, don’t shoot!” More than 100 pushed through the doors, banged on the windows from outside and hoisted signs.
That’s when the fiesty WWII survivor took the microphone and took control of the event with challenging words to the disruptors. You can see a brief Fox News report on what happened at Portland Community College by clicking on the video above.
After Dario Raschio temporarily silenced the rowdy protestors, he was presented with an array of medals and awards:
…the U.S. Naval Aviator Badge, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the “Ruptured Duck” award and the U.S. Navy Honorable discharge pin.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.