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One picture that was missing in the Nov. 11 edition of The Citizen was that of Andrew (Andy) Lepak. Andrew served his country from 1942 until 1945, but while he served, he wrote about it. On a daily basis, when he wasn’t fighting, Andy wrote about the horrors of war that he faced in Italy, France and North Africa. He wrote these accounts on onion skin paper and had preserved these papers for over 55 years.

These journal accounts were retyped and edited by me and single copies were given to the Seymour Library (local history) and the Cayuga County Historian’s office with Andy’s permission in 2003. To learn about these horrendous events, everyone should consult with these offices to read about these accounts. They describe what a great soldier Andy was because of the dangers he faced. Andy at the age of 85 died of Alzheimer's disease on Jan. 18, 2008.

Michael Ricci


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