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Navy, Old and New, on the USS New York

Posted on 08. Dec, 2009 by .

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by Erin McCarthy

Frank DeCicco, 80, climbed aboard the U.S.S. New York 56 years after he served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Helena during the Korean War. He sniffed the below-decks air, tinged with metal and oil.

“A navy ship’s a navy ship. To me they all smell the same,” he said.

DeCicco, of Bethpage, N.Y., was one of many Navy veterans to visit the U.S.S. New York during its 10-day stay in New York City over the Veterans Day holiday. For some veterans, it was an opportunity to remember their service and to see how the Navy has changed.

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