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|Hank....they were a cut the BS and get it done generation. My dad wouldn't share his wartime experiences with anyone that wasn't family or a combat vet. He told me how when he was little the WW 1 vets were his dad and his friends dads. They would play baseball with the kids at the city park.
Savez....That is sad about your grandpa. I don't see how anyone can go through what these guys went through and come out anywhere near normal at the end of it all. My dad was a link to the Civil War generation. His best friends grandpa was the last surviving Civil War vet in the small town my dad grew up in back in the 30's. He said the vet would go down to the local store and play dominoes. He taught dad how to play and would tell him stories of charging up Missionary Ridge and other memories of the war.