My grandfather told me once that he had seen a Nazi soldier — I assume a member of the Luftwaffe — shot down. The man fell out of the air, on fire. My grandfather said, “That’s not something you ever forget.” I don’t know if he’d ever spoken of it before, but this was near the end of his life. People tend to open up about things then.
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My granddad never could bring himself to tell me about the war, but he could open up to my dad, his son-in-law, another veteran. I’m glad yours was able to trust you with that memory. He sounds like someone I’d have liked to know.

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