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05/27/19 11:00am

SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO
Shelter Islander Ed Conrad, a career U.S. Navy seaman, lost his life in the South Pacific in World War II.

This article originally appeared in a different form in 2013.

Most Memorial Days Carl Sabal travels 30 miles north from his home in Ephrata, Pennsylvania to the town of Lebanon for an annual breakfast and, with others, remembers those lost in America’s wars. Reached by phone last week, he said he also comes back to the Island now and then, as recently as a couple of weeks ago.

The 83-year-old Harelegger, born on West Neck Road in a house “down in the hollow,” will remember men he served with in the Third Army from 1959 to 1965, and all veterans everywhere. But he’ll have a special place in his memory for one Islander lost at sea 75 years ago this December along with 790 other Americans. (more…)

05/26/19 3:00pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

He was the man I never knew, the man who gave me my name.

He was brought closer to me through a phone call I got one afternoon. An editor at the Washington Post, where I freelance occasionally, phoned to say a man who lived in the D.C. area had called and wanted to know if I would contact him. The name Timothy Donleavy didn’t ring a bell, but I called, and when a man answered I identified myself. (more…)

03/17/19 11:00am

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

They were the poorest of the poor, starving, whole families running for their lives, crossing an ocean, trying to escape a catastrophe that eventually killed more than a million souls. Two million made it out alive to waiting ships, but then many died on the journey to a find a safe harbor.

Overall, they were reviled when they landed as not quite human, described by one observer as “brutal, base … creatures that crawl and eat dirt and poison every community they infest.” (more…)