John J. Russell today and as a soldier (Credit: Newsday/ Karen Wiles Stabile)

John J. Russell today and as a soldier during World War II.

LI veterans then and now

John J. Russell today and as a soldier
(Credit: Newsday/ Karen Wiles Stabile)

John J. Russell today and as a soldier during World War II.

Robert Bucaria mans a machine gun in Antigua

Robert Bucaria mans a machine gun in Antigua during World War II.

Bucaria, far right, at Fort Hancock shortly after

Bucaria, far right, at Fort Hancock shortly after enlisting in the army in 1939 at the age of 16 1/2.

Robert D. Bucaria of Farmingdale today and in
(Credit: Newsday Photo / David L. Pokress)

Robert D. Bucaria of Farmingdale today and in 1939 after enlisting in the army at 16 1/2.

Murray and Hildreth Adler of Bay Shore at
(Credit: Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler)

Murray and Hildreth Adler of Bay Shore at their home on Friday May 21.

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Murray and Hildreth Adler in a 1945 family

Murray and Hildreth Adler in a 1945 family photo.

Murray Adler (far right- standing in back row)

Murray Adler (far right- standing in back row) with the 305th Bomber Group, 364th Squadron. Adler was a POW during World War II. Six of the ten men pictured died during the war. Adler is the last remaining alive.

Murray Adler today outside his Bay Shore home
(Credit: Newsday Photo / Jim Peppler)

Murray Adler today outside his Bay Shore home and as a member of the 305th Bomber Group, 364th Squadron during World War II.