My grandfather Eugene was in the Philippines during WWII. He lost his hearing from artillary shelling and watched his best friend get blown up beside him. My father was in the Navy during Vietnam and volunteered to go. My uncle was in the Air Force in the same time period, and one of my cousins was actually in Vietnam and went through a MASH unit. My brother-in-law served a tour in Iraq on a security detail and was wounded.I have a very healthy respect for veterans. They are still underappreciated for their sacrifices, but they're the reason that we have the right to live our lives the way we want.
LeeAnn, strange question here.... did your grandfather write a book about his experiences in the Philippines?Because in Ken Burns' documentary, THE WAR, he heavily quoted from a man named Eugene (last name forgotten by me) and he was from Alabama... just curious.Chris' grandfather's hearing is pretty much shot too, since he was firing machine guns at close range in noisy aircraft. We just shout really, really loudly at him. =) My grandfather was in the Navy during WWII, but all the pictures of him in uniform are down in Florida at his place.
Aah, found the last name. Eugene Sledge.Is that your grandfather?
No, actually, his name was Eugene Carr and he was from West Virginia. However, I find that a really interesting coincidence. Papaw never talked about the war if he could help it, and he never got over his night terrors and had relapses of malaria all the way until his death in 2002.
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