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I've always had a lot of respect for the WW 2 generation. They grew up in the Depression and at 18 were handed rifles to go fight the Japs and Germans. Yet they did this with a hell of a lot less whinning than today's generation. My father passed away in May. He was in the WW 2 generation. He served in Patton's 3rd Army and was awarded a ton of decorations including the Silver Star and 3 Purple Hearts. My mother grew up in Hitler's Third Reich. She was a teenager at wars end. She talks so casually about what it was like getting bombed and being in a nation that was getting crushed by its adversaries. Things she talks about like going down stairs with blown in window frames from the bombs and while bombs are still falling and exploding she made her way to the bomb shelter. Or seeing Munich completely devastated. Makes me feel like all the whinning I did growing up seem so petty.
This past Friday my mom's neighbor passed away. He was 95 and a vet of the 101st Airborne in WW 2. Its really sad to see this generation passing away. When I was little you couldn't turn around without bumping into a WW 2 vet. Now it seems that a great generation is almost gone. All that personal history will soon be soon gone. Just seems like we are losing so much history with the passing of this generation.
I know the feeling. My grandad is 92 and suffers from depression which was orginally brought on by the war. He is in great health but the depression keeps him almost invalid and at that age inactivity is bad. I feel like once he is gone my link to the past will be gone too. He remembers his great grandad who fought in the Civil War. I hope he can beat this depression because i think he could have a few more years of good quality of life if he can. I hate having that feeling of him being gone and my last link to bygone years passing from the earth.