"My uncle's life has always been an inspiration to me and like so many of his Greatest Generation cohorts, he is an inspiration for all Americans.
Who would not be moved by his patriotism when this son of an immigrant enlisted in the US Air Force as a pilot during WWII; by his courage after his plane was shot down by the Germans and during his captivity as a POW; his indomitable passion for freedom, his own valiant escape efforts that led to Italy and eventually Switzerland and ultimately his beloved America where he studied law and became an outstanding trial lawyer and a revered and respected federal district judge in Georgia?
The Alaimo family is grateful to the late Hon. Griffin B. Bell, who fought for my uncle's nomination to the bench, the editors of The Journal of Southern Legal History, Mercer Press and Vincent Coppola, author of The Sicilian Judge because they preserved forever the heart, soul, mind, commitment, accomplishments and dedication of our Anthony A. Alaimo in tomes that will be treasured forever by the clan, especially by three of his nephews who became trial lawyers. And last, but not least, we are grateful to that great lady, our aunt Jeanne, Tony's wife and soul mate who not only encouraged him in so many ways, but, was the historian for the Alaimo family reunions over a 50 year period, and, during each reunion served us her delicious recipe of baked ham and beans. They both will be deeply missed at our future reunions, especially this first year without them.
Hon. Joseph Gerace