He was part of the Greatest Generation. Born just before the Great Depression, seventy-plus years of hard living show on his face. His achievements are not as obvious: served in World War II; helped build the aerospace industy; raised six kids and sent them all to college; married to his wife for almost fifty years. During the war, his Division liberated a concentration camp. He received a shrapnel injury and Purple Heart fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned a Bronze Star for retrieving and rescuing a fallen comrade. We were so proud when Orange County honored Latino veterans, and his banner hung from the rafters during the ceremony. My father. One of the Greatest indeed. Original layout from 2002.
Originally posted November, 2009. Reposted today to mark Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S.