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July 6, 2008 3:01 AM

Our War: Belleville man survived U-Boat torpedo attack

Alfred J. Elam was part of a little-known fraternity entrusted with protecting the war supplies for North Africa and D-Day -- The U.S. Navy Armed Guard. Elam, 84, of Belleville, said being a chief gunner's mate aboard merchant ships was boring duty with a lot of potential for hazard. German U-boats sank or damaged more than 500 merchant vessels during 1942.

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