My father served in the U.S. Army from 1939-1945. He was an intelligence officer and sometimes operated behind the lines. When I was young he never talked about his military service even though I prodded him, but when he was terminally ill he did open up.
My father was a devout Catholic and really practiced what was preached. He felt that many Nazis were weak people led by bad people. He never blamed the whole German culture and felt that many people who were not Nazi sympathizers felt as though they were helpless to stand in the way of the Nazi regime.
I remember him staying something like "If good people do nothing, bad people can do whatever they want."
Even though he had never boasted about his war time service, he admitted to me on his death bed that he was proud of what he had done to make the world a better place during WWII. He was proud of his brother, the pilot, who was killed during WWII and he felt he made the world a better place by ridding it of Nazis.
He once said that "My generation made the world a better place."
I am disappointed that President Trump didn't speak out against the Neo-Nazis in Virginia.
He is so quick to criticize anyone who crosses him, I just don't understand how it is possible that he refuses to criticize these Neo-Nazis to the same extent that he attacks senators, congressman, business leaders, cabinet members, reporters, his generals, war heroes, foreign heads of state, and the list goes on and on.
You would hope that when so many people disagree with him, that he would get the message.
Perhaps he would have figured that out when the Congressional Budget Office confirmed that repealing the Affordable Care Act without any replacement would have created a deficit and increased insurance rates. I thank God John McCain (criticized by President Trump) prevented this.
PS: After my dad died, I found a Purple Heart Medal, a Bronze Star Medal and a Silver Star Medal in his belongings.
Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.
Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.