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Dear Editor:

(From Rachel Charkey: I'm sending this letter on behalf of my father, Morton Charkey, because he does not have email. He is incredibly upset about the number of members of our community that are refusing the vaccine and penned the following letter to express his feelings.)

As of today, more than 700,000 Americans have lost their lives in a war against an unseen and vicious enemy. More than the total casualties of American lives in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam combined.

Imagine if on D-Day June 6, 1944, 25% of the infantry had decided it was against their personal privilege and laid down their weapons.

Or if our proud marines in the pacific said ‘I’m not storming the beaches because it might be dangerous.’

How would we have felt if 25% of our 8th and 9th Air Force called in sick rather than go on bombing missions over Germany?

Or if 25% of our naval heroes decided to retire rather than take their ships into dangerous enemy waters.

We would have condemned their hubris for personal freedom.

What is happening now is a stain on American history due to an unwillingness to sacrifice personal freedom in desperate times, and as a Korean veteran who volunteered to serve my country, I’m ashamed by the lack of courage I’m witnessing by many Americans who are hiding behind fake patriotism and political arrogance.

Morton Charkey

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