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Pearl Harbor Survivor Gets Rescued From Squalor

This story reminds me of the time I saw "Shawshank Redemption" with my mother. I'd told her we should see the movie because I'd heard it was uplifting. About half-way through, she looked at me and said, " is uplifting?"

Be patient, Home Post readers, because this story does have somewhat of a happy ending. The San Diego County Sheriff had discovered that a 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor named Arnold V. "Max" Bauer was living in filthy and inhumane conditions in his El Cajon home - we're talking rat poop and rotting garbage - and the Sheriff's department believed his caregiver (more like lack-of-caregiver) was to blame. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Boy, that really hits you in the gut, doesn't it? Fortunately, the U-T reported today that things have improved for Mr. Bauer, who suffers from dementia and has prostate cancer. He's now living in a San Diego-area nursing home and is on the mend after spending some time at the VA Hospital. The Sheriff's department told the U-T that folks who want to help Mr. Bauer can email friend Glen Ritchey at


Take a look at a story from KPBS about Mr. Bauer when the story first broke about his condition. It has some wonderful video of Mr. Bauer talking about Pearl Harbor: