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Cradling her husband's helmet in her Glen Cove (Credit: Barry Sloan)

Cradling her husband's helmet in her Glen Cove home, a few blocks from St. Rocco's Catholic Church where they wed in 1946, Laura DiLeo recalled the day Rocco returned home after the war. "I just ran down to the house," she said. "He picked me off the floor and swung me around." Their son Michael is at right. (Nov. 8, 2013)

WWII vet's helmet returns home

Glen Cove resident Rocco DiLeo's helmet was knocked off when he was captured by German soldiers in WWII. More than a decade later, his son found the helmet on the Internet and got it back.

Laura DiLeo, with her son Michael and late
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Laura DiLeo, with her son Michael and late husband Rocco's World War II helmet and medals, said of the helmet: "God was good to me, made me live to see it." (Nov. 8, 2013)

A Prisoner of War Post from World War
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A Prisoner of War Post from World War II is pictured at Laura DiLeo's home in Glen Cove. Her husband, Rocco, was captured Sept. 10, 1944, near Dornot, France. (Nov. 8, 2013)

Rocco DiLeo's name and serial number are hand-painted
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Rocco DiLeo's name and serial number are hand-painted on the inside of his World War II helmet. Laura DiLeo confirmed the number -- she knew it by heart from writing her sweetheart every day during the war. (Nov. 8, 2013)

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A journal belonging to the late Rocco DiLeo
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A journal belonging to the late Rocco DiLeo of Glen Cove notes his travels after being liberated from a German prisoner of war camp in France during World War II. (Nov. 8, 2013)

Laura DiLeo of Glen Cove poses for a
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Laura DiLeo of Glen Cove poses for a portrait with her son Michael and late husband Rocco's World War II helmet and its inner shell. (Nov. 8, 2013)

Cradling her husband's helmet in her Glen Cove
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Cradling her husband's helmet in her Glen Cove home, a few blocks from St. Rocco's Catholic Church where they wed in 1946, Laura DiLeo recalled the day Rocco returned home after the war. "I just ran down to the house," she said. "He picked me off the floor and swung me around." Their son Michael is at right. (Nov. 8, 2013)

World War II veteran Rocco DiLeo of Glen
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World War II veteran Rocco DiLeo of Glen Cove, lower right, shown at a desert training camp in California in 1943, died of congestive heart failure in 1994. (Nov. 8, 2013)

World War II veteran Rocco DiLeo of Glen
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World War II veteran Rocco DiLeo of Glen Cove, shown at a desert training camp in California in 1943, was captured near Dornot, France, a year later. His family recently made a trade to get back his helmet. "I'm pretty sure he would have been glad to see it," his widow Laura DiLeo said of the helmet. "He probably would have been as amazed as I was." (Nov. 8, 2013)

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World War II veteran Rocco DiLeo of Glen
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World War II veteran Rocco DiLeo of Glen Cove, pictured at a desert training camp in California in 1943, started a floor-waxing business upon his return from the war. His son recently tracked down the helmet he lost as a POW. (Nov. 8, 2013)

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