Well, ya'll, my 2 cents' worth agrees that the men and women who fought and lived through the Depression and WWII are "The Greatest Beneration," for one simple reason-if they had not been strong and perservered, none of us would be here to debate anything today. It is a testimony to the toughness and grit of Americans that they could sustain themselves, have children who grew up to be the strong young men and women of WWII who didn't know what the words "quit, or give up" meant. Yes, wars are waged on political ideologies by politicos, but it is the regular folks who fight them, and they bring it down to a "you and me" level. That was the main problem in Vietnam-if they had let the military fight the way they were trained to, and not second and third-guessed and manipulated from afar by political puppeteers, that war would likely have had a different outcome.
My daddy was on Luzon in the Phillipines-he replaced a man who died on the Bataan death march. He is 77, and still can't talk about what he participated in, except with other vets when they get together for reunions. Whenever he got the chance, he sat with me and narrated newsreels (without sound) that were shown as "fillers" on TV in the 50's and early 60's. He wanted me to know what war was like, and also to be able to recognize the different tanks and airplanes. We put together models of airplanes that were used in WWII, so I would know what to look for. He never actually said so, but from way back there, why was he teaching me all of that stuff, unless it was because he thought that someday, we would be defending our own country?
All people in the military are heroes, in my book. The go, and have gone, where nobody else will go. My Dad's generation, though, were men and women without equal.