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 Posted: Sun Sep 5th, 2010 01:41 am
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Hellcat wrote: Actually, it wasn't Brokaw who first called that generation the Greatest Generation. The term was first used by William Strauss and Neil Howe in their book The Fourth Turning to describe the British generation of that period. Their term for the American generaition of that period was the G.I. generation. Brokaw's use of the term should be noted as his opinion, though so many have taken it beyond that point.

And according to Strauss and Howe, those born from 1820 to 1845 would have been part of the Transcendental Generation (1792-1821), the Gilded Generation (1822-1842), and the Progressive Generation (1843-1859). Going by their book, the Silent Generation (1925-1942) would have also seen some of it's members involved in WWII, though they would have been among the youngest and would have entered late in the war unless they lied about their age.

Lied about their age... that is exactly what my uncle did... and quit HS to join the Navy... Stellar career in the navy, then a magnificient career as a forrester..

my dad, born 1922, joined the Army in 1939  and served until 1974.

I don't know about the greatest generation, but they were special!

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