by Diane Norek Harrison
ELIZABETH-More from Ed Levy after my Nov. 9 column: “I forgot to mention that George received his medals from his heroism during the ‘Battle of the Bulge.’ I will never forget George’s work area at Levy’s; he had a large American flag on one wall and there was a picture of his platoon on the desk.
“My uncle Jay, was on that Battleship that I wrote about, and he sent me a letter two days after Japan’s Unconditional Surrender–it is dated Sept. 5, 1945–I was 5 years old then and was entering first grade at Robert Morris School on Cross Avenue in Elizabeth. My teacher was Miss Stewart. He included with the letter a small silk flag that was in the pocket a Japanese Naval Officer. As my uncle stated in the letter, they had entered Tokyo Bay and boarded the Japanese battleship. The officers were there as the war was over and each one had that small insignia flag of the ship in his pocket so my uncle took it and sent it to me. I still have both from 67 years ago. He sent them to me at our home in Elizabeth on Dewitt Road. To be exact we lived at 1 Dewitt Road in apartment 401.We lived there from 1940 to 1961.
“During WWII we had air raid drills and I can remember the warden calling from the street ‘Lights out on the 4th floor.’”
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