Letters to the Editor

Merchant Marine

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of 88-year-old Orville Sova of Collinsville on Friday, Nov. 6. He was a Merchant Marine, and an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Orville, his daughter, Sheila, and all remaining Merchant Marines were working to get the passage of HR563 honoring the remaining Merchant Marines of World War II. Only a few weeks ago we had a long conversation with Orville about his service in the Merchant Marines. We intended to call him later to finish our conversation, but it didn’t happen.

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Sheila Sova and family members. God bless. Please call your senators and congressmen to get the passage of HR563.

Kathryn Grissom, Belleville

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