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A “thank you” for Perry Smith’s informative and heartfelt column “Remembering Jimmy Doolittle – a true hero by any measure” (April 15). It never ceases to amaze me how writers of Smith’s caliber somehow can manage to capture past history with newfound and respecful enthusiasm. His description of the quiet and genteel manner of Mr. Doolittle reflects the rare character of that World War II “Greatest Generation.”

Briefly, about two years ago, a friend’s father died who had served in World War II. As the preparations were being discussed about a military funeral, it was revealed that the gentleman had served with the U.S. Army Air Corps group that had launched the Doolittle Raid. This was a complete shock to my friend and his family, as his father had never mentioned this endeavor. His father warranted burial at Arlington National Cemetery in lieu of his hometown in which the service had been previously planned.

Such is yet another story about the quiet resolve of that Greatest Generation. Along the lines of that Greatest Generation, I am perpetually reminded of the sacrifice made by Jimmy Dyess, who served with my father in the 4th Marine Division, Pacific Theater. To most, obviously, Dyess is just another name on another highway.

Seemingly, it could be that we all could learn to follow the quiet nature of this Greatest Generation, and learn to do a little more listening and a little less talking. Not only do we have a lot to be thankful for, but a lot to live up to.

Lane Williams


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KSL 05/02/12 - 10:15 am
My father did not ever speak

My father did not ever speak of his service. I know a little leading up to it and a small amount of information about his training. He stayed in the reserves for years after ww2. He just didn't talk about it.

playlikethunder 05/02/12 - 02:05 pm
As KSL states,like his father

As KSL states,like his father my own father did not discuss his WWII (the Big One as he called it) in too much detail. He dwelled on the sense of pride in a job well done by the Allied Forces, in fact one of his lines was "we had a job to do and we did it".
He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service connected to the D-Day Invasion, but I was never told the exact circumstances as he deftly dodged the question all his life.
I must sadly relate that my Dad passed away last Thursday ,4-26-2012 at 5:20 PM.
He was surrounded by his three children as he peacefully slipped into eternity.
He was 98 years old, and his time with us simply ran out.He will be sorely missed by his children,grandchildren and great grand children.Our hearts are broken, but also relieved he is no longer suffering.
Remember,cherish and respect ALL our veterans especially the "Greatest Generation".We owe them a debt that can never be fully paid.

KSL 05/02/12 - 07:08 pm
My husband's and my most

My husband's and my most sincere condolences to you and your family, play.

Nice to see you posting again

Aka, tiredofignorance shortened to tofi.

DMPerryJr 05/04/12 - 01:11 am
I feel very fortunate to have

I feel very fortunate to have married the daughter of parents who came of age in the the epoch of the Greatest Generation. They are good Irish Catholics who married early and raised 11 children. They have served their country and community in so many ways, yet one would never, ever hear them brag of their accomplishments. They are straight forward, honesty and completely devoid of guile. So much different than my own Boomer parents who are the diametric opposites of my in-laws. I thank God every day for their presence in my life. As an older Gen Xer, I learn a lot from them. Their great humility before God has brought me to tears on a number of occasions. They are the kind of conservatives who still have a heart for the poor and downtrodden. So different from modern neocons.

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