My late father didn’t live long enough to hear Tom Brokaw refer to men and women of his time as “The Greatest Generation.” Had he done so, I’m sure Dad would have embraced the idea—not because of anything he’d done himself, but because of those with whom he’d served and whose valor he’d witnessed personally.
The war changed my father’s life. But you wouldn’t have heard that from him. The whole time I knew Dad, he spent maybe a grand total of ten minutes talking about his experiences. I learned that he had served on islands with such strange-sounding names as Eniwetok, Kwajalein, Saipan and Tinian. He told me that he’d had two very close calls, including one incident where a Japanese-fired round hit his tank turret, causing him permanent hearing damage in his left ear (for which he did not receive a Purple Heart). That was it. He just didn’t talk about it.
|Lt. Frank Carr, U.S. Army|
|Captain Frank Carr, U.S. Army|