My father served in the Navy in the Pacific theater. But I have, with my wife, (Deb) walked the grounds of this cemetery. Omaha beach, where many gave the full measure, is pictured to the left of the cemetery. My father came home from the Pacific. He did not say much about his war as it was the custom of men of his generation to remain silent about such matters. And to be honest, as I was growing up, I was not concerned about his war experiences. I was a self centered child.
Now that I am 62 I have a different perspective on matters. I do not presume to have the words to speak for him. My father was just a young man from a tiny town in northwestern Oklahoma. He was not a professional warfighter. He was a citizen soldier.
But it was a war won by such men.