Memorial Day in America is supposed to be a time to remember those who have died in our wars, and to thank them for their sacrifice. However, for many of us, Memorial Days does not mean much more than a three-day weekend, and perhaps some flag-waving and parades. I wanted this piece to serve as a counterpoint in which veterans from World War One, World War Two, and the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the First Gulf War actually remember and speak about someone they personally knew who died alongside them in combat — who were they, what were their names, how did they die, how did they live?
Posted in Americana, History, Holidays-Season Specific, Oral History-oid Tags: casualties, Desert Storm. World War One, grief, honor, Korea, Memorial Day, memory, veterans, Vietnam War, World War Two