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In the article “History honors those who served,” from the Nov. 16 edition of the Shirley Oracle, Correspondent M.E. Jones obviously made an effort to explain that the list of World War II veterans living in Shirley consisted of those on record at American Legion Post 183.

But the list did not imply that all such residents of Shirley were named. The legion’s practice of providing a list is important for occasions such as Veterans Day and for publications. A program for researching all of Shirley for others who have not chosen membership in the Legion would be valuable toward publications of complete lists.

I, for example, enlisted at the time of Pearl Harbor and served all four years of WWII and belong to two veterans organizations other than the legion, but of course never appear on such lists.

Undoubtedly, the names of many residing in Shirley similarly are missing.

JOHN V. CASEY

1st Lt. Army Retired, Shirley