The Greatest Generation During World War II And The Great Depression

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The Greatest Generation was the generation during World War II and the Great Depression. What made them great were their perseverance, patriotism, and sacrifice throughout the WWII era. The citizens that make up the Greatest Generation served their country in any way possible until they could no longer serve. Tom Brokaw describes the backgrounds of theses patriotic Americans, as well as their experiences during and after the war. Ordinary People John Caulfield was the founder of a group called “ROMEO”, which stood for “Retired old men eating out” (77). This organization began with a group of teenagers that lived ordinary lives, playing baseball and swimming in creeks in a community called Kerry Corner. Caulfield’s childhood was most troubling after his father passed, in addition to the Depression years, which led to him living in poverty. Young men, such as John Caulfield, immediately enlisted into the armed forces, after news got around about the attack on Pearl Harbor. They were stuck with surprise, but most importantly patriotism to support their country in need. After the war and they returned home, they held values and morals that they learned from the war. Caulfield, and majority of the Greatest Generation, had difficulties understanding the newer generations, and why they did not hold the same values and morals that made America so great. Although, Caulfield would not become frustrated, they were “ . . . too proud and, in a way, so pleasantly surprised by how their
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