Today is my monthly club lunch and program and it is also Veteran's Day. While our program is about the local Chumash Indian history, our inspiration and chat is about service members who have inspired us in some way.
I found 3 quotes that resonate with me. The first makes me think of my Dad who when he was 23 -24 years old flew 33 missions over Europe on a B-17 as flight engineer in the Army Air Force. Although he had asked to be transferred from his posting in Alaska to the European Theatre, he did not expect to survive his tour of duty since the survival rate of bomber crews was very very low at the time.supplies over "the hump".
Dad's diary of his tour of duty describes horrible things in a very matter of fact way including when he tied a rope about his waist and lowered himself part way out of the plane while it was flying in an effort to close the bomb bay door. His plane had lots of near fatal damage, his helmet was hit by a piece of shrapnel, he saw planes explode with no "chutes" so no survivors yet he was very matter of fact and continued on.
That last bit describes my Dad totally. He got on with it and mastered his fears at least as far as I ever knew.