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