This was indeed the greatest generation. My grandpa fought in WW1 and my dad in Korea and one brother in Nam. That generation did the most bad ass things ever and then spawned one of the worst generations. Its understandable, they were told at the time that this was the war to end all wars. When they came home they wanted to provide for their children a better life growing up and have them want for nothing.
What was lost is a kick ass work ethic and a long standing history of tough as nails self reliance.