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from the pages of the Courier Post

Almost all of the participants in the ceremony had left the cemetery area when three Purple Heart recipients stood on the curb.

Jim McNamee of Gloucester City joined the Army at age 16 and was in the fight at Utah Beach and later in France, Luxembourg, and Germany.

"I grew up fast," said McNamee, 83, who worked in new home construction for 35 years and then became custodian for Gloucester City Catholic High School, where he still works.

Mike Grzybowski, also of Gloucester City, was a combat photographer with the Navy Seals during World War II and was on board the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt on his way to Japan when the United States dropped an atomic bomb, leading to a quick Japanese surrender. He worked as an electrician for 32 years, first at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and then at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

George Kuhn of Brooklawn, a Navy medic in Vietnam, now is an intensive care unit nurse at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

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