Thanks, Sandy, to you and all your comrades

To the Editor:

Kudos to The Enterprise and reporter Tyler Murphy on the engaging story about the Battle of Iwo Jima and interview with local resident Marine Second Lieutenant Sandy Berkman. 

I've known Sandy on and off for the past 40 years or so; in fact, his catering firm handled our wedding 25 years ago.  We've always found Sandy to be a great guy, warm, with a booming laugh — and ultimately a real gentleman.  

Funny thing is that, until your article, we had no idea about his wartime experience, much less his battle citations on Iwo Jima. It seems that Mr. Berkman is yet one more example of the "Greatest Generation" who at one time risked all for their country, and then returned home to quietly go about their business.

Meanwhile, we often learn about their sacrifice too late to express our gratitude. At 92 years, better late than never:  Thanks, Sandy, to you and all your comrades!    

Ed Rosen


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