Assemblymember Brian Maienschein recently recognized Stuart. N. Hedley as the 2017 Veteran of the Year in the 77th Assembly District. Hedley served 20 years in the United States Navy, and was awarded numerous medals over the years. He was aboard the USS West Virginia during the Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, and in 2005 was honored as the Pearl Harbor Survivor Association’s Veteran of the Year.

“Stuart Hedley’s courage and conviction was demonstrated time and time again throughout his career in the United States Navy,” shared Maienschein. “It is our duty to remember and honor those who serve and protect our nation.”

Hedley retired from active duty in 1960 and continued serving his community, including 21 years of involvement with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, conducting inspections for MSC ships and naval aircraft carriers, and participation in the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He has lived in Clairemont since the 1950s.