My Great Grandfather was in WWII. He served in the army, and was one of the 1st American soldiers into Berlin after it was taken over by Russia. He served at the radio man who drove the jeep in front of the tanks to let them know what was ahead. After serving in WWII, he served as a Sergeant in the Korean War. He lost a majority of his hearing between both wars, and opened a hearing aid center which has now been in the family for 3 generations.
Seeing this post brought me to tears. Tears of joy. It made me miss my Great Grandfather. He died 3 years ago.
Everytime I see an elderly Veteran, I thank them. Just last week I was at the bank and met a WWII vet that served in Okinawa. We talked for a good 30 minutes as he told me stories from the war. I have a customer at work that served in Vietnam as a Green Beret. He joined at 17 years old and killed his first man within days of being deployed.