It was disheartening to read the letters from James McGrath and Wallace Ashby ["Wrong Site, Too Big," July 13]. I found their criticism of the site for the World War II Memorial, as well as Judy Feldman's in "Memorial Mistake" [Close to Home, July 4], insulting to the millions of World War II veterans who, contrary to Mr. Ashby's comments, support the memorial and, just as important, the Mall site.

More than 10 million American men and women served in the armed forces during World War II. They were supported by the entire work force of the United States. The years of 1941 to 1945 were the most significant in the history of the free world. As a World War II veteran, albeit non-combat, I recalled during President Clinton's dedication of the Mall site a few years ago the hundreds of acres dedicated in England, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Italy and in the Pacific area to the military cemeteries containing the remains of the real heroes of World War II.

Apparently, some Americans would deny setting aside fewer than eight acres for a lasting memorial to these great American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. What better site for a memorial to the World War II veterans than the Mall, a place in the heart of the capital of the free world?

MELVIN R. BIELAWSKI

Alexandria