Originally Posted by Radar Chief
If his granddad lived to talk about how he earned that ribbon he was a ****ing stud with berries that clanged when he walked.
Yep, he most likely experienced things that nobody would ever want to, and he came out of it a man to the highest degree.
My uncle was a marine and fought in Korea, saw some VERY nasty stuff. Although he would talk a little about it, I think only recently has he ever really mentioned much detail.
My dad was about 10 years younger and got his discharge just prior to Vietnam, fortunately. His job description did not offer much long term success (paratrooper, hand to hand, etc..). He was drafted and didn't want to be there, but he did what he had to do regardless. A couple of his close buddies growing up where in the second waive of the draft from his area, and they didn't come home...thats how close to the deadline his discharge was.
Both guys are extremely admirable and are certainly different from my generation and any generations coming. Its sad to think people have changed so much from then to what it is now, especially in such a short time frame.