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    Private Jeff Ortlieb stands beside a sign in Kharma, Iraq, where he is stationed that says how he and his Army buddies feel about where they are and how they like their tour of duty in Iraq.

    This was 18-year-old Navy Corpsman Steve Bizeur shortly before he hit the beach at Saipan with the 4th Marine Division in June 1944. He and his wife Germaine retired to North Port in 1985. Photo provided

    Donald Platt 1920 - 2012 From a January 2008 interview. If you live in Placida, Grove City or Englewood, you probably knew him.

    This was Ensign Edwin Morgan of Port Charlotte when he graduated from Officers Candidate School at New Port, R.I. in 1973. He was 23. Photo provided

    Ed and Ginny Robins touch up a mural at the Olde World Restaurant in North Port, Fla. The couple has painted murals on the walls of many area homes and businesses. Sun photo by Don Moore

    Sgt. Jim Foster of Blue Heron Pines mobile home park holds his Marin dress uniform. He is a member of "The Chosin Few," who fought with the 1st Marine Division in Korea. Sun photo by Don Moore

    Pvt. Bill Cross at 17 shortly after graduating from British Royal Air Force boot camp in 1940. He now lives with his wife, Gwen, in Holiday RV Park in Englewood. He is 93. Photo provided

    Cpl. Robin Matthews of Port Charlotte shakes hands with Bob Hope while country music star Jimmy Wakely looks on. The young medic was recovering from Hepatitis-B in a hospital in Kyoto, Japan. Hope was going through town on one of his USO tours. Photo provided

    This was Roland Hardt of El Jobean, shortly after graduating from boot camp in 1943. He served with Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army in Europe during World War II. Photo provided

    Staff Sgt. Mike Raymond of Port Charlotte flies the gas boom of a 707 jet tanker as he refueled a German F-4 “Phantom” fighter. He was a member of 310 Air Refueling Squadron during the “Cold War” of the 1980s. Photo provided

    Al Gaus, who was a machine-gunner with Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army in Europe, takes a look at a booklet on the 90th Division in which he served during World War II. In the foreground is a special Life magazine about the D-Day invasion. Sun photo by Don Moore

    This is 2nd Lt. George E. French shortly after graduating from flight school in 1942. He was 20-years-old and headed to the 13th Air Force in the Pacific to fly a B-24 “Liberator” bomber. Photo provided

    Members of the American 14th Air Corps who flew

    Seabee David Frey (left) shows an Iraqi civilian how to properly use rebar at a instruction site outside Falugah, Iraq. The young civilian trainees are being taught by the Seabees how to properly rebuild their country. Photo provided

    D'Andrea is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a combat mission he flew to protect the survivors of a downed CH-46 helicopter near Khe Sanh. photo provided

    Bill Muldoon of Maple Leaf Estates of Port Charlotte, Fla. looks at a picture of himself when he served in the 2nd Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment of WWII and took part in the Philippine Invasion. Sun photo by Don Moore.

    Pfc. Dominic Socci holds a M-60 machine-gun in Vietnam during the 10 months in 1969 he served in the Southeast Asia war. Photo provided

    This image was on the front cover of AMVET magazine showing John Langley and his dog. Photo provided

    Rabczewski is perched atop a 50-foot microwave tower he was in the process of building while serving in the guard. Photo provided

    Don Bordenkircher of Maple Leaf Estates in Port Charlotte holds "Tiger Cage," a book he wrote about his experiences during the Vietnam War, and some chips from Sadam Hussein's casino and bordello newer Baghdad he acquired during his two years of service in Iraq. Sun photo by Don Moore

    Maston Thomas looks at his discharge document framed on the wall of his South Port Square apartment in Port, Charlotte, Fla. He was discharged from the Navy at Great Lakes in 1946. Sun photo by Don Moore

    Robert Borboro, left, sits with a buddy sometime during his two-year tour in Korea during the Korean War.

    This was Kalaf shortly after he began flying the backseat of an F-94C interceptor in Alaska during the Cold War. Photo provided

    Roth on leave back home in Baltimore, Md. In the background is his father's 1936 Dodge. Photo provided

    Wenzel sits atop his Humvee at Victory Base in Baghdad. Photo provided