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William Etling Sr., of Newcomerstown, was recently presented a World War II medal by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars 3303 and American Legion 431. Etling joined the Army in 1945. When he was determined he was too young to be in the Army, he was discharged. He then joined the Navy and served from 1946 to 1947 in the Pacific, Pearl Island, Marshall Islands. Bikini Islands (during atomic bomb tests), and Japan, aboard the flagship USS Mt. McKinley and the USS Frontier. He retired from Lederer Terminals and Weyehauser, located in Maple Heights, after 43 years of service. He and his wife moved to Newcomerstown in 1997. They celebrated 66 years and 10 months of marriage until her passing, Jan. 26, 2013. William attends Peoples Church and volunteers at Riverside Nursing Home. He is a member of both VFW 3303 and American Legion 431. Show in the picture are William, fourth from left, and Brian Parks, fifth from left, commander of VFW 3303, along with members of the organizations.