The letter from Cory Molloy which appeared in the Aug. 18 edition of the Deseret News is obviously from someone who did not live through World War II. I did live through the Depression and served in the armed forces. I am incensed that anyone would make such statements as, "War is more about making a few people money than it is about preserving freedom," when they refer to the war against Hitler and his Nazi hordes and against the Japanese regime in power at that time.

If it wasn't for a thin line of young men who offered their lives to beat back the Nazis in the Battle of Britain, the next objective of the Germans was an invasion of the United States. If it wasn't for the American men and ships that beat back the Japanese navy at the Battle of Midway, the next objective of the Japanese was an invasion of the West Coast of our country.Cory Molloy's freedom was preserved by the many men, including many of my friends and comrades, who gave their lives during that horrible war. To have it said by someone who was not even alive at the time that World War II did not preserve our freedom insults those of us who lived through those years of sacrifice and the many brave men who lost their lives. The Nazis and the Japanese Empire had as their objective the establishment of their totalitarian regime in this country with the obvious loss of our freedom.

I do not intend to see "Saving Private Ryan," but I would hope that those who do will come away with a different perspective of those days than did Cory Molloy. If not, then the movie does a great disservice to those who actually experienced the horrors of that war.

Harold Southwick