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November 11, 2007 3:01 AM

Our War: Seaman quickly knew meaning of 'no excuses'

No excuses. That's what World War II and the Navy taught Dean Eccles, 85, of Belleville. Seaman 1st Class Eccles in 1941 was a machinist's mate on the USS Smith, a 1,480-ton Mahan class destroyer. He was on the Smith throughout the war.

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