Doug Robinson: A WWII vet looks back, at last

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  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    I don't believe the debt we owe the brave men and women who fought and won the Second World War can ever really be repaid. We owe similar debts to all those who have fought on our behalf in the wars and conflicts before and since. All have made great sacrifices to defend our nation. In addition to the many who gave up their lives and who suffered grievous physical wounds, I believe all who have fought have incurred injury to mind and soul that is mostly invisible and too often unappreciated. We certainly owe them all our deep gratitude. We also carry an obligation to live up to the freedoms and opportunities given to us by their sacrifice. The "greatest generation" has made their contribution to America. It is now incumbent on our generation to carry the legacy forward and further the cause of freedom and justice. We face great challenges in our nation today. I pray we can be up to the task.

  • Butch70 Spokane, WA
    Nov. 11, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    I just read the story and enjoyed it. I can talk about my experiance in Vietnam and no one has asked me except my wife.

  • Red and Blue VANCOUVER, WA
    Nov. 11, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    Great article Doug. Tell your boss to give you a raise. Keep up the great reporting.

  • sports mom Lapoint, UT
    Nov. 11, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Thank you to all the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Thank you for giving us the ability to vote, to speak, to live. You have sacrificed so much for us, you need to be honored for it. Thanks again!!

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Nov. 10, 2013 10:04 p.m.

    Grandpa left a few pages about his time in the Navy before he passed away. Ask a vet and write down the stories before they are lost. That is how we honor them, by ensuring future generations remember their sacrifices.

    Thanks to all who serve our country.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    These WW2 vets all deserve our sincere thanks and utmost appreciation for their service.
    That includes their families as well.

    Honor them tomorrow on Veterans Day. They EARNED it!

    And, on Memorial Day make sure we honor and remember their comrades in arms who lost their lives defending us.

    WW2 veterans are falling victim to age, the one enemy we can never defeat, and we owe it to them to make sure they know that the descendents of the "Greatest generation" really do understand and appreciate what they gave us, even if we do not know the full extent of the horrors that some experienced. Those who served in support roles also deserve our thanks as they did their duty just as well, but under different circumstances.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Nov. 10, 2013 9:05 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing the stories. I know that I sat fascinated at the feet of the veterans that served on the USS Cavalla (SS-244) when they told stories of their WWII experiences. Not many of them left and glad that I got to hear their stories; certainly made my cold war experiences pale in comparison. Brave men, brave indeed.

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    Bravo for this brave member of The Greatest Generation!