The 2003 invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago this week, and although the war is officially over, the toll it took on Hauppauge endures.
In honor of the anniversary, Patch remembers Lance Cpl. Jared Jason Kremm, a former Hauppauge High School graduate who died in the line of duty on Oct. 27, 2005, in an indirect fire explosion in Saqlawiyah, Iraq. He was 24 years old, and was one of two Marines killed in the blast.
By one count, the Iraq war is directly responsible for 189,000 deaths, not including those who died from hardship caused by the fighting.
CNN has a stunning map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, including 191 New Yorkers.
If you would like to honor any memories you may have of Kremm, or thank him or his family for their sacrifice, please do so in the comment stream below.