A compelling story published in The New York Times in 2019 opens with a poignant letter a World War II-era naval officer wrote to his young son.

“You know we have a big country and we have ideals as to how people should live and enjoy the riches of it and how each is born with equal rights to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, there are some countries in the world where they don’t have these ideals,” Lt. Cmdr. John Joseph Shea explained.

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