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What Would the Greatest Generation Think About Today?

As much as I miss my Dad, I am often glad he does not have to see today’s America. Like so many of his friends and cousins, Dad answered the call and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. There was no Air Force in WWII. The Air Corps would evolve into the Air Force. The young men who volunteered went one of two ways. They went to Europe to fight Hitler and the German forces, or they went west to fight the Rising Sun of Japan. My Dad found himself in the Philippines. He did not speak about his experiences in the Pacific Theatre. That was very common in his generation. They saw what needed to be done, put their lives on hold, and went off to save the world—a giant task for such young men, boys.

I often think that if our country were faced today as they were in the early 40s, we would be speaking German, Japanese, or both. My father was a traditional young man of the post-war era. He came home, got a job, married, and raised a family. With the fanfare of V-Day behind them, they went on to their new mission, be the best man they could be for their family. That is what my Dad did and did well.

The men of the 40s and 50s were men’s men. They were tough, loved their families, and loved their country. After all, they had answered her call and were willing to give their lives for America.

My Dad would have a difficult time accepting the new Woke America. He was a Kennedy Democrat being born and died in Lawrence, Massachusetts. I am sure today he would be a staunch Conservative, and this entitled society would grate him to no end.

Dad worked hard. He did the usual 9-5, came home to read the paper in his rocking chair, and then it was out back for a game of catch. For five years, he was my baseball coach and instilled competitiveness in me and a respect for the game. I remember our first Patriot’s game. It was at Fenway Park and was a 13-13 tie with the San Diego Chargers. After the game, we walked out to the left-field grass and stood in front of the Green Monster. That was the area where his idol Ted Williams ruled for many years. It was almost a spiritual moment for Dad that I did not understand until later in my life. Dad was a role model, a gentleman, and a patriot. He was a man of the Greatest Generation.

Dad, and I am sure most of the men of the 40s would have much to say to the young folks of today. He would have no use for the Radical Left. He would be so upset with the protesting and destruction of the Summer of 2020. He would give Defund the Police, and Black Lives Matter followers an earful. Dad was colorblind, literally and philosophically. I remember how upset some of the neighbors were in the early 70s when Dad brought one of his friends, a black man, home for dinner. To my Dad, he was a friend, not a black friend. That was how he raised us. My two sisters and I saw people, not color.

Dad and his generation fought, and many died for America because of their love for this country and its ideals. There was no equity but tons of opportunity. There were no handouts but plenty of jobs. There was no protesting, just flying the flag. The Red, White, and Blue meant the world to this generation, and they made the United States the envy of that world. They would not tolerate nor understand the anti-American thinking of anyone, let alone our elected. Those folks would have short careers in Dad’s day. Maybe it is time we still learn from our dads. They may be gone, but what they taught us still burns intensely. Don’t ever let their fire burn out.

Syndicated from Conservative View From New Hampshire with permission.

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Ray Cardello

I love this country and what it has contributed to the world. We are a young and still forming country but I have very conservative views that make me fearful for the direction many want to see us heading. I believe we are strong enough to keep us on track but making folks aware of the truth is essential to a successful and prosperous future for us all.

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2 Comments

  1. I have often had the same thoughts. My Dad piloted a B-17 bomber over Nazi Germany In WWII. He had nightmares for all his life but never complained, never talked about it. I am sad he is gone but glad he is not here to see the insanity of
    the world we now live in. Those who want to deny and destroy history will only ensure that the worst will happen again. The only question is will there be anyone left to resist?

  2. Great article Ray. It reminded me of my father who also was in the army air corps. He fought against the nazi’s in WW2. He told me only once about the war. He told me how they went to concentration camps at the end of the war to set the prisoners free and how terrible it was. He told me you could tell when you were getting close to one because you could smell death. He said he would never forget that smell. The Germans just left them to save their own hides and left them to die. They found graves with 50-100 bodies together buried. He told me about the gas chambers with a funnel on top of the building where the Germans would pour bleach and ammonia down the funnel to create a lethal gas. He saw scrapes and scratches where they were trying to get out. He told me when they brought food to them many died after they ate because of the shock to their system. Human skeletons skin over bones. He said if people ever claimed Hitler wasn’t evil they should have saw what he saw. Horrible! He would have turned from Democrat to Republican these days. Seeing them burn the American flags would have put him in a rage. He actually ran for State Senator as a Democrat in Illinois. He lost but did well. He told me after running that lobbying was legalized bribery and would corrupt this nation. He told me that in the early 1980’s. BLM, Antifa and the marches would have made him angry. My dad also were friends with several blacks. He was President or Vice-President for 30 years at United States Steel and very respected by all because he treated them the same. I really enjoyed your article and reminded me of many memories of my father. They truly are the greatest generation in my book. I always enjoy reading your articles because you shoot straight from the hip. I miss my dad everyday and miss his imparted wisdom. He would have been truly saddened by what is happening today. I am glad he is not seeing it. If it happened in his day, they would have put that fire out immediately!

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