I never did care for this “Greatest Generation” mythology.
Ron Collins
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I agree; I grew up in 1 of those very destructive households with 2 vets of that war for parents, and nearly all the men in our neighborhood were also. It wasn’t any greater, or less great for that matter, than any other; it just got stuck with a bigger, nastier job than most others had. I think the greatest disservice to the succeeding generations has been the “comparison” to that generation in ways that demean others. At least during their war, there were clear cut enemies; in the succeeding wars there have been increasingly LESS visible and clear cut enemies to deal with, and rule of engagement that have bordered on the absurd as well; making our troops little more than targets for those enemies. Hard as WW II was to deal with for the survivors, the succeeding wars are MUCH more difficult because of those factors. There was yet another killing of 3 of our troops in Afghanistan, by an Afghani ON their base just a few days ago. How do you know it’s safe to sleep in your own base, or go to the mess or head/latrine? How do you know who is friend and who is foe? That’s enough to make anyone a little crazy! Women and children have been used against our troops since Korea too; something our guys were really not ready for, at first, and later got called “baby killers” over, because they acted in self-defense. So “greatest” generation, as far as I’m concerned, is a misnomer. They simply did what their nation asked; and stood in defense of her as required at the time.

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