Dear Friend Ronnie,I hope that it doesn't appear too presumptuous of me, but I would like to respond to your very warm and thankful message, as the voice of all World War Two veterans. We are equally grateful for the many young people who express their gratitude for what we did for our country in the years between 1941 and 1945. What may amaze many is the fact thewe served as a matter of course with no promises or indications of future benefits...only that we were fighting to preserve the American way of life, and to be frank...to save the butts of every American citizen. It was a struggle for survival. Very few of our citizenry know that when I was an avaiation cadet going through a brief orientaion in Miami Beach Florida, we could not swim because the beaches were 8 inches thick in crude oil, floating in from the sunken Ameican tankers off the coast...and that at night we could see the glow of burning ships; victims of the powerful fleet of German submarines. Also, few young people know that the Japanese subs shelled the California coast in what we thought may be a prelude to an invasion. We came close to losing that war but few people know it. It was only the tenacity of the old "blood and guts...dog face soldier" the airmen, marines and sailors...plus the many services to back them up, that gave us the freedom that we have today.
Well, I started out praising our thankful youth and wish to emphasize our gratitude for your gratitude.God Bless!Les