Dad knew, as he walked to an armed services station, that the war could be won if he and his buddies could “get in the fight”. He was right.
He fought through the dense Leyte Jungle, saw his dear friends die in wet foxholes, and ultimately landed in Japan on the first flight of soldiers after the surrender. He was one of the first 20 soldiers to touch Japanese soil. In demolitions, he secured the Grand Hotel for General MacArthur, the new Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers.
His humble nature and refusal to brag, boast, or flaunt his service made it impossible to guess that he gave so much and fought so hard in the Pacific campaign.
Thank you, Veterans.