Remembering The Past: Honoring Veterans

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-The following is from Ed Levy in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

World War II War Heroes at Levy Brothers

“After the War there were several employees at Levy Brothers that were decorated heroes for their bravery and patriotism on the field of battle. One that will always stand out in my mind was George in Levy Brother’s Packing Department. George ran the Packing Department and was a loyal and faithful employee who on occasion would relate some truly ‘hair raising’ tales of what he went through during the War.

“I remember my dad and I walking past George’s department and stopping to listen to some of his experiences. I was all of 8 years old (the War had ended about 3 years earlier) so some of the details are a bit vague in my 73-year-old mind. George received some injuries in the course of saving the lives of his combat team members and he received a Purple Heart for that. I remember that he said a hand grenade was thrown into a trench where he and several of his platoon members were and he was able to toss it out so no one was killed. About 2 seconds after the grenade left George’s hand, it went off and a piece of shrapnel was imbedded in George’s forearm. The field surgery team removed that and George was back in action within a day or so.

“There were others including my uncle whose battleship, The Dakota, in the Pacific was hit with a kamikaze. My uncle survived and was able to not only witness the end of WWII but came back to enjoy a wonderful career and raise a large family. I look back in awe and wonder at those great heroes of yesteryear.”

If you would like to share your own memories of Elizabeth in my 2013 columns please start sending now.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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