I lived in Rockaway from 1943-1962, at which time I joined the U.S. Navy and now reside in Long Beach, California.
During my teenage years in Rockaway I hung out at Martin's Corner with other neighborhood kids, to name a few--John Slevins, Denny Plunkett, Ronnie Armstrong, Little John Crawley and Eddie (Butchie) McBride. So, when I read your article concerning Eddie McBride (Saturday, January 1, 2000) it really took me back to those days.
I just had to write to tell you how glad I was that the article ended on a positive note for Butchie and if perchance Butchie reads this letter, I'd like to say hang in there Butchie! You were a tough kid and a good soldier…you can make it!