Yeh, cool stuff! We had 2 WW II vets in our church. One was a B-26 tail-gunner, told of flying 6 sorties on D-Day. Took some flak from underneath, but he would SIT on his flak-jacket, and it stopped a piece from hitting his right leg and likely severing an artery.
The other drove one of those ship-to-shore landing crafts, and drove soldiers from troop ship to beach all day long on D-Day, and was never hit, but saw more and more dead on the beach, with each trip to shore to off-load.
My dad joined the Navy in Jan. of '45, during his senior year of high school, and got to Guam before the end. He'd been trained to be an aircraft carrier flight captain, to prep planes for quick readiness turnaround back into the air. He had a great story of having armed guard duty of some Jap prisoners that really put a human face on one little part of the war.
If you've never read or heard Brokaw's Greatest Generation
book, also in audio... do it! It'll have you in awe of our forebears a generation or two back.
My folks were Great Depression/WW II generation survivors... Mom was a "Rosie the Riveter" in the Bath, ME shipyards, putting together those supply transport ships the Nazi subs fed on all the way across the North Atlantic.
Both were still TEENS when they engaged in their one small part of our nation's war effort. She grew up without a dad... he died in '28, when she was 2. He died of heart failure induced by the scarlet fever damage to his heart valves he incurred while serving in the U.S. Army during WW I!
We have NO idea how truly GOOD we've got it today! Think about it! King's David and Solomon were literally the Top 1% equivalent of billionaires in their day, 3,000 years ago, but they didn't have refrigerators, central air, heat, indoor plumbing, and on and on and on. We've got it ALL!!! Of the 55-60 billion that have ever lived, of which 7.5 billion are alive now... You and I are at the very pinnacle of the entire heap of all humanity for health, wealth, comfort and longevity!!!
And, we get to own, love and ride Road Stars to boot!!!
I think like I'm the most blessed man alive!
Give thanks, Brothers!!!