Commack vet gets long-overdue honor

A World War II veteran from Commack finally received recognition for his courageous service today, more than 60 years after the war.

Frank Gaeta, 85, served aboard the USS Scurry, and the service has nearly cost him his life. Gaeta spent 10 days on a life raft after his ship was torpedoed.

Today, Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) surprised Gaeta at his home with four overdue service medals.

Gaeta's children and grandchildren say they didn't know how big a hero he was.

"He was very quiet about it when we were younger, just said he was doing his job," recalls Gaeta's granddaughter, Samantha Gaeta.

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