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Who Is The Greatest Generation?

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Michael D. Calhoun Professor Beulah Manuel English 101 04 October 2015 You’re In the Army Now! My father experienced something I never have, being drafted into the US Army at age 18. He is, as Tom Brokow (former NBC News Anchor) put it, a member of “the greatest generation.” I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to be a young man of draft age during a world crisis, sent to fight in countries overseas, and then witness the unbelievable horrors of war. For my dad, it all started in Menchtown, a cluster of homes nestled on a scenic ridge in West Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was born on October 3, 1924, in a small house my grandfather rented from a local farmer. In those days there was no hospital maternity ward, birth occurred at home with the help of a midwife. This small rural community is where he spent his childhood years; attending school, playing with friends, working and going to church. During his teenage years, Dad worked with his older brother Robert and my grandfather at a nearby sawmill. He was assigned the job of “off-bearer.” It was his job to remove the freshly cut boards and stack them in a neat pile. It was hard work, but he enjoyed being with his father and brother. Bedford County and the surrounding counties of Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Somerset and Fulton represented my Dad’s world. He never had reason or opportunity to venture outside of this geographical area. However, circumstances and world events
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