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New Hampshire

August 21, 2013

Plaistow veteran finally gets Good Conduct Medal

Good Conduct in war -- and peace -- rewarded

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He saved every letter and carried it through the war in his sea bag.

They later married, had two boys, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Jeffrey had a long career as an accountant with Western Electric, which became Lucent.

Along the way, the couple decided to burn those letters of love in a brick fireplace, though Carolyn had to keep just one.

He later found it and still has it, a memory from a time when American couples wondered whether they would ever see one another again.

Carolyn is gone now.

“I lost her a couple of years ago,” Jeffrey said. “We almost made 65 years.”

Jeffrey’s commitment to veterans, recognized by his state award, is deserving of a medal.

A few years ago, he helped establish a veterans park next to Town Hall that includes service flags for the six military branches and a monument for people from Plaistow who served in World War II.

Jeffrey’s own name is on such a monument in Walpole, where he lived before moving to town.

“I did this because of the veterans,” Jeffrey said of the park and monument. “I wanted to recognize them.”

He was active in the effort to get citations from the town for those who served in World War II and is now trying to get citations for those who were in the Korean War.

“I’m a young kid of 90,” Jeffrey laughed. “I’m very fortunate. I can still drive and I live alone. I try to make the best of life.”

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