This is how I remember most of the men that I knew that were in WWII. It really was the attitude that they had.
I have great respect for the accomplishments of the so called "greatest generation". I'm realistic about their greatest failure. The gave us the baby boomers. While they accomplished something great in their youth, they failed to raise up their children with the same values.
Yes they fought the second world war, and won it. Then they failed to win the most important battle of their lives. They sucked when it came to raising children to embrace and continue the values that had made them great.
If we had kept our noses out of WWI, there wouldn't have been a WWII. IF we had kept our nose out of WWII there wouldn't have been a cold war and probably not a welfare warfare state in the US. Yes they won the war, but we aren't better of today because of their contributions to the nation.