From: Dontblinkyoullmissit, GA
Grandpa was too young for WWI, and too old for WWII. Other grandpa I don't know about - I only saw him once - he didn't want anything to do with Dad because Grandpa's wife died shortly after Dad was born. Dad was in WWII - USMC - 2nd MarDiv for about two years. Got pulled out when they discovered he was a railroader. One uncle was in the Marines as a flyer, beginning with F4Fs, and graduating to F4U. Neither would talk much. Another uncle disappeared over the Atlantic in the PBY he was flying. Another never left Pearl. The last one took off after the war and just went out west somewhere - no one knows.
As a pastor, I have met a survivor of the West Virginia from 07DEC41, two brothers - one steamed on an avgas tanker, the other on an AE, one sergeant who was on Patton's staff in Third Army, one Marine Recon who was subbed onto Bougainville prior to the invasion, several who hit Omaha and Utah on 06JUN44. I had one former tanker who said it took him years to even be able to walk into a closet after he was through being a tanker. Most of them would talk about where they were, what their job was, but wouldn't say a whole lot about what they saw, smelled, experienced, or did. A couple, as they got close to the end, would open up a bit, but what we talked about was not for publication.
"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer