It truly was the greatest generation. To fight a true world war and defend our nation and way of life in a war that was fought with such terrible attrocities. My Dad was a ww2 veteran and just the stories about the country itself being so unified and focused were amazing. Everything at that time was focused on the war effort. He didn't get in due to age til near the end of the war, so he was here at home helping his family get by as his older brother was overseas already until he was old enough to enlist.
He joined the army as he didn't want to be on a ship for months and went to basic. After that he was sent to Hawaii for a few days, then on a ship out to the Pacific. They were then stopped and turned back as there was a Japanese fleet in the way. They then went in the Panama canal and sat there for a few days. They were told to wait there until further word. No idea what was going on. Then they got word the atomic bomb was dropped and everyone was waiting to see what was to happen. (As he didn't want to be on a ship for months and that's just where he was even in the army)
Then they got word that Japan surrendered and they were sent to Okononowa. Well it's not like there was TV and internet to spread the word. So they didn't know the war was 'over'. He said it was the worst thing he has ever seen. Flushing people out of caves with flame throwers. He only ever mentioned it once I can ever remember. He did catch a piece of shrapnel in his hand but never injured badly.
Then he was sent to Korea and served out his time there. Eventually becoming the head cook there which lead him to be a chef later in the states.
But was always so impressed with the people of that time and all they gave to keep the world from being overtaken by the axis powers and all that was given by every man and woman overseas and at home.