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05/27/19 11:00am

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…)