When was this Gary?
When was this Gary?
I don't know. David. The photo was in a quora message in my inbox today. I assumed it was recent (within the past year), as I'd read recently that an agency was looking for WWII veterans prior to our last Veteran's day....?? I looked again for the quora post, but since I'd deleted it in my email, I couldn't find it...?When was this Gary?
according to wikipedia "This is a list of last surviving veterans of World War II (1939–1945) among various groups of veterans, as identified by reliable sources. About 70 million people fought in World War II and, as of 2022, there are still approximately 167,000 surviving veterans in the United States alone. Only people who are (or were) the last surviving member of a notable group of veterans are listed. "Thanks for the info, Shadetree (something about those medals made me think possibly Russia, but I couldn't see them clearly enough in the photo).
So Maybe US WWII veterans ARE already gone... My father enlisted in the Navy in early 1942 at age 20, served in the Pacific Navy until the end of the war and came home in late 1945 (crossing the International Date Line on Christmas Day in 1945). I still have the 'menus' from his ship where they got a 'Christmas Dinner' two straight days on that crossing. He was a Navy Radioman, who was assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for a portion of the war, being commended for bravery and courage under fire by the Marine Commanding General when he went ashore with the first wave of Marines when they retook Bougainville (something I never knew until going thru his discharge papers upon his death in 2006, at age 84).
Any WWII veteran who actually served prior to the end of the war, would be very old. Assuming the earliest possible age (16 or 17?) in 1945, he would have been born ~ 1928 or so, and would be at LEAST 95 by now and even that is a pretty unlikely scenario, as any who actually served in the war would likely be ~ 100 by now.
They have a movie theatre in there with actual films of various battles. It's very interested and sad in some ways.If any of you ever get the chance go to the WW2 museum in New Orleans. It's huge and takes 2 days to really take it all in. The whole area is paved with engraved bricks of all who served in the US.