Overheard in a Locker Room
Bob Chikos

I grew up hearing the “horror” stories from my great-grandfather about the war. He told us them not to scare us, but to “show the reality of the military.” I distinctly remember him finding my cousins and I playing war. He told us about Dieppe that evening, and I remember we didn’t play again for a long time. The way he told his stories will always stick with me. He was a very stoic man and didn’t show his emotions, except when describing the war. Watching him sweat, tremble, and openly tear up was intense. My hero became human with faults, regrets, and especially no desire for another battle. I truly wish more veterans would open up like he did. We all came away with a great appreciation for veterans and the human cost of war.

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