It might improve your editor's outlook on life if he had bothered to read Andy Rooney's military discharge papers. Then he wouldn't think Andy is a mean old man ("A poor 'mettle' detector," April 17, on Mr. Rooney's view of Iraq). His service record would probably disclose the following, if my memory is still working:
Andy Rooney was a war correspondent in Europe in World War II. I believe he went on some B-17 or B-24 bombing raids over Germany or other places where the 8th Air Force was operating. If my memory serves me, there were many casualties on these raids. He volunteered for these trips.
Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.
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