“... the distinct impression he didnt talk to anyone else about it until he and I discussed it that day. ...”
I had a fascinating, evening long conversation with one of Patton’s tank Captains. It was 1985. Amazing and insightful stories! He was the real deal — Silver Star, several Purple Hearts. He didn’t talk about his accolades, he talked about the tanks and crews he lost, how they won battles; he talked about the most real things I’ve ever heard — nothing like the movies.
The next day, his wife told me that he had never talked about his service in the forty years since the war. Not to her, not to his many children, not to anyone.
It is humbling that one of my great moments in life was being told stories by someone else about their great moments in life.