Editor: In my Perspective article, "Forging Unity Takes More Than Yellow Ribbons" (The Sunday Sun, June 30), an error occurred in the course of editing my submission.
The statement that "18-year-olds six weeks from civilian life were thrown into the breach" is incorrect. My original draft described a Pentagon meeting at Christmastime 1944 at which it was stated that "there is to be no publicity given to our latest measure expediting replacements" whereby men from the armed forces were receiving only six weeks of infantry replacement training. The 18-year-olds were receiving from 13 to 17 weeks of infantry basic training before shipping out.
& Richard E. Engler, Jr.