In early December 2011 a 44 year old Veteran’s organization here in the Central Valley of California will cease to exist. Not because of a lack of interest by the unique group but rather the simple fact that their numbers are rapidly shrinking.
Time may no longer be on their side but collectively the Veterans of World War II have forged a legacy worth our respect. And one we can all learn from.
One of these vets, 94 years young Don Merritt took me on a trip to the day Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japanese Fighter Planes. We talked in a small room at the Legion of Valor Museum surrounded by that time, that place and the people who lived to tell what they saw. Generally they only talk to other WWII vets but on this day I was allowed into his personal past and history on the day World War II began.
And now you get to sit down and meet him in person, too.