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He was in WWII in the last few years of it. He trained and then did weather reconnaissance in the Army Air Corps. He was never the boots on the ground guy but knowing him I think he would have been really bad at that. I'm proud he found a way to participate that fit with his talents. They always refer to his generation as the greatest generation, but I suspect at the time they didn't feel that way. I think many of them were just doing their part or the best they could.

I knew someone who was on the beaches on D-day, he only discussed it with me a couple of times. When I saw the beach scene in Saving Private Ryan, I came to understand some of what he had told me. He was injured (burned) so bad he was shipped back home and was mustered out and deemed 85% disabled. He is now buried at Arlington Cemetery.

I don't like the idea of war, but I do understand that sometimes there's no alternative. I've seen some things in the past few years that make me believe that part of human nature is to be combative. I'd say why can't we all just get along, but I'm not so naive to think that it would be possible.

AC *can't believe my Dad's been gone for almost 20 years*
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