Vets have trouble sharing war stories

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 - 4:11 am
Last Modified: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Re "A day to reflect on all the stories veterans never tell," (Stuart Leavenworth, Nov 11): Stuart Leavenwoth's column was very moving and so true. My father also served during WW II. He was a young lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps as a navigator and bombardier in a B-24 in the Pacific theater. Growing up he told my brothers very lightweight stories about "eating K ration wet beans" in the tropical rainy muddy camps, but never the hard-hitting, gut-wrenching stories of combat and survival, the ugly and brutal side of any war.

Of interest is that my son, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, also could not/would not share the realities...except with his grandpa. Across generations, soldiers have a true brotherhood and can talk to each other. I am grateful that both my dad and my son had each other in a very special relationship.

Thanks for reminding me of this in your column.

-- Mia K. Smitt, Sacramento

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