Syracuse native shares stories of WWII vets with 'Pictures for Heroes'

Zach Coco’s pictures of World War II heroes were all inspired by one.

“[My grandfather Anthony Salvatore Coco] was in the Navy during World War II, and he was my hero growing up. I always looked up to him; he always bestowed his wisdom on me,” said Pictures for Heroes creator Zach Coco.

Anthony Salvatore Coco passed away in 2014.

“I decided and thought it was right to give back and sort of showcase the life experiences and sacrifices that the WWII veterans made for us to live in a free world,” Zach said.

So far, Zach has interviewed and photographed about 45 veterans.

“They all have their own unique aspect to them. They all kind of seem like movie scripts," Zach said. "They all grew up in the Great Depression. They all grew up with nothing. And then went off to war at a very young age, 19, 20, sometimes even younger."

Zach is compiling a book of his photos and interviews. To pre-order it or make a donation, log on to

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