Three residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) at Stony Brook University shared their memories D-Day with the New York Times in a story timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy. The three New Yorkers – Michael Settanni, Ben Gebbia and Julian Oleaga – will be honored by the University on Friday, June 6, with a candle-lighting ceremony.
President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. called the D-Day veterans “living bridges to one of the great events in history. They are treasures and they put a face on an event that we all read about.”
The men experienced brutal fighting and are still haunted by what they witnessed during the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, but all agreed that they would do it all over again.
“We were all fighting together, and we had one goal: to win the war and get back home,” Gebbia told the Times.