Iwo Jima survivor.
father, grandfather, great grandfather.
I was honored and humbled to be in the company of this gentleman on many occasions.
born 2/18/1926, left us 11/1/2016.
came home, changed clothes, got on with life.
like so many true heros, said he was just a boy doing his job.
when I was young, these men were everywhere.
took for granted their service. gave little thought to their greatness.
in retrospect, they were without peer.
one of the most important influences of my life was the veterans of WWII.
we owe them a debt that can never be repaid.