Seventy years ago, the world was engaged in the final battles of World War II, with fighting hitting a fever pitch in both the European and Pacific theaters.

Among those troops were Long Islanders, on the ground, in the air and on the oceans. 

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One Farmingdale veteran remains haunted by the death of his friend in Iwo Jima.

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Another Freeport veteran remembers dreaming of chocolate while locked up in a German prisoner-of-war camp. Each serviceman and woman has a story to tell -- one that has helped shape his or her life.

Click on the link above to see their stories. And check back throughout the summer as we add  to our collection.