Originally Posted by Baby Lee
Yeah, my paternal grandpa's story isn't as harrowing, He served in the Aleutians, paved runways. But he also spent time on warships and watched them sink around him, and there were bombing raids. And he went a full stint 38-45
Amusingly his most lasting trauma was shitty rubber chicken. Never ate a chicken dish of any kind after service. Not a piece of KFC, not a chicken parmesan in the finest restaurant, not a chicken pot pie.
My grandfather I was close to served in Korea; no real interesting stories.
My other grandfather, who died before I was born and was probably one of the unluckiest men ever, used up all his luck in a tank in Italy, which was hit and overturned, killing everyone inside except him. He later lost an arm in a corn picker and then died some years after that after his tractor slipped out of gear and overturned, crushing him to death.
The gold medal goes to a great great uncle of mine, who was captured by the Japanese, only to have the Americans sink the ship he was on, killing him in the process.