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02/13/15 4:20pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Lovebirds of 1944. Ben and Betty Jones the year they met and married.

COURTESY PHOTO | Lovebirds of 1944. Ben and Betty Jones the year they met and married.

It didn’t take long for Betty to fall for Ben.

“Six foot two and eyes of blue,” she said, describing her first swooning impression of the young man.

It was all about vision for Ben as well: “I couldn’t take my eyes off her.” (more…)

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07/28/14 12:00pm
PETER BOODY PHOTO |  Carole and Richard Baron, World War II POW and former publisher of Dial Press during the Civil Rights era, outside the beachfront home where they host children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

PETER BOODY PHOTO |
Carole and Richard Baron, World War II POW and former publisher of Dial Press during the Civil Rights era, outside the beachfront home where they host children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Many Islanders know Richard Baron, a regular in the Memorial Day Parade, as a member of that “Greatest Generation” of Americans, a man who fought from North Africa to Anzio and on into Germany, where he was captured and spent the last four months of World War II as a prisoner of war.

His military record, from his wounding in Italy to his capture in Germany, makes for a fascinating tale, part of which is told in a book he co-authored in 1981 called “Raid,” about General George S. Patton’s disastrous attempt to free his son-in-law from the camp where Richard was a prisoner. (more…)