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Letter: Noncombat veterans of WWII

An American flag is seen in the garage

An American flag is seen in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. Credit: Getty Images / Todd Warshaw

I'm glad that World War II combat veterans are never forgotten for all they did for our country ["Fire from the sky," News, Aug. 11].

There are also many who served our country in noncombat roles. I served in WWII but didn't complete basic training until the war was over. Many of us served as replacements for the men who were returned to the States for discharge.

I was at New York University in 1943 at age 17. I went into the U.S. Cavalry, never having ridden a horse in my life.

We are all grateful that we came out of the service alive and thankful we didn't have to face combat, although we would have if ordered to do so.

John DiGeronimo, Bay Shore