November 11, 2014 is Veterans Day.
My father was a Korean War combat medic.
Here is what I gathered from what he said, wrote & what I figured out on my own
1. Rank & file soldiers on both sides of a war share a common humanity.
2. Leaders of nations--including so-called democracies--are often bad people.
3. Civilians always lose in war.
4. Both sides in a war commit atrocities.
5. Tony never once in my hearing made a religious or patriotic comment. These things are not inherently connected to military service or with being a good American.
6. While Ted Williams was regretfully a Republican, he served in two wars though he did not have to go to Korea.
7. When I tried to read a history of the Korean War, it was painful and I had to stop.
8. Children of combat veterans may have a personality in some respects influenced by the service of said parent.
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