While serving on board an aircraft carrier during World War II, Ernie Gallo survived 17 battle engagements against Japanese forces and a typhoon with 140 mph winds and 70-foot waves.
The battles left him with burst eardrums.
“There was a war on. We were shooting at the enemy and they were shooting at us,” Gallo recalled.
Gallo, now 95 and a Medford resident, received help from the Jackson County Veteran Services Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs to get hearing aids — expensive devices not covered by Medicare.
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