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As a teenager in the Bronx in the 1940s, Edward J. Schaum couldn’t wait to join the Army.
After leaving high school to work for a telephone company, that’s what he did once he turned 18, eventually serving in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. But later in life, the Commack resident said he regretted never graduating from high school.
“He used to make jokes about it, you know, ‘Not bad for an eighth-grade graduate,’” said Susan Felberbaum, Schaum’s daughter. “At the time, school wasn’t important to him but I guess as he got older, he realized it was …