timydnuc: Thank you for your service.
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The true hero's were very embarrassed when called heros. They felt uncomfortable if you referred to them as heros. It took me a long time to figure out why.
In nearly every case they are haunted by the things they didn't do. They didn't risk certain death to take a one chance in a million of saving a fellow soldiers life. They tend to blame themselves for not taking the fatal bullet that killed their buddy. They suffer guilt for not being among the ones killed in battle.
I used to tell them what General Patton said. No one every won a war by dying for his country. Wars are won by men who cause the enemy to die for his country.
The veterans of combat need to understand that is is not the men who lie dead and buried as a result of combat who are the heros of WWII. We do owe those killed in combat much.
But it is the men who survived day after day of combat and came home alive that are the real heros. They are the ones that caused the enemy to die for their country. They are the reason our nation was victorious in WWII. WE ALL OWE THEM MORE THAN WE CAN EVER PAY!!!