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Photos: Students Honor WWII Vet

Hampton Bays students paid tribute to Bob Shearn.

Hampton Bays Middle School students continued a new tradition of taking history out of the text books by honoring area veterans each month by paying tribute to Bob Shearn, a World War II veteran, during a ceremony held earlier this month.

Shearn is a World War II veteran, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1942. In October of that year, he became a naval ensign. Shearn left active service in November 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1952 as a senior lieutenant and a qualified submarine officer. For his service, Shearn received combat recognition in both the European and Pacific theaters and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.

Shearn now joins numerous other veterans who have been honored by middle school students through the new program, which commenced in November.

Also recognized was Walter Flaherty, Ray Rand, Joseph Lach, Marilouse Kelly and James Papadrea.

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