The Smithtown Library now has Freegal!

 Freegal is a free music service from your library. All you need is your library card! Registered cardholders can download and stream a number of MP3-formatted tracks each month at no cost.The Freegal Music service allows patrons to access a collection spanning over 15 million songs,music videos and audiobooks. Freegal can be accessed online by clicking here  or by downloading the app.     freegal
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James Gouras



Long-time Smithtown resident, James "Jim" Gouras enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1944 at the age of 17 and served actively from April 1945 through December 1946.  As part of the 221st Military Police Company, Mr. Gouras participated in the occupation of mainland Japan.  For his service he received the Army of Occupation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.  Mr. Gouras still lives in Smithtown and is an active member in the local chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Gouras' oral history interview was recorded in The Smithtown Library's Long Island Room on July 6, 2017.

The photographs below were taken during Mr. Gouras' service in the U.S. Army, mostly while participating in the occupation of mainland Japan, 1945- 1946.  Click on each to enlarge.


Photographs courtesy James Gouras.