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Re: Rest In Peace Dad

Postby hbendle » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:26 am

I can proudly say I had a chance to meet Harry Eschbach, and be his guest. I value the memory of speaking with him and breaking bread. I knew him best by seeing the way he had raised his children, Mike, and that tells me he was a great man. Again, my thoughts and prayers with your mom, brothers and sisters, wife and family.
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Re: Rest In Peace Dad

Postby pennst92 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:12 pm

Thanks to you all for your input - it has been cathartic.
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Re: Rest In Peace Dad

Postby Blue&White » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:15 pm

psu_dad wrote: It's been 70 years since that war ended, so I imagine that nationally, the number of WW2 vets is dwindling to very few.


I was curious about this so I googled. The National WWII Museum offered the following:

According to statistics released by the Veteran's Administration, our World War II vets are dying at a rate of approximately 492 a day. This means there are approximately only 855,070 veterans remaining of the 16 million who served our nation in World War II.

I'm not sure how stale that number is. I doubt they keep a count down tally or anything. Aside from that being really morbid, and obscene, it's not practical. I guess it's safe to say that it's under a million and I suspect well under a million. If you served only in 1945 and were 18, you would be 89 at some point in 2016. People live longer than they used to, on average, but 89 is still up there. And, 89, maybe 88, is about as young as a WWII vet can really get.
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Re: Rest In Peace Dad

Postby SouthernLion » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:21 pm

If you served only in 1945 and were 18, you would be 89 at some point in 2016.

That's my dad, right there. I always kind of kid him that he could be a candidate for the oldest living WWII vet some day.

Seems that there were no 'safe-spaces' for eighteen-year olds in 1945.
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Re: Rest In Peace Dad

Postby Blue&White » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:29 pm

My father in law turned 18 in 1946 and went into the service at that time. He spent a short time in Europe and was part of the post war clean-up, but he missed the war. He's still considered to be part of the WWII generation from a military benefits perspective, though. He will be 89 in January. So, too young to have seen the war and on the verge of turning 89. These guys are not young. Dad was not kidding about how they are dwindling.
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Re: Rest In Peace Dad

Postby pennst92 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:44 pm

End of an era fast approaching, no doubt.

I'm home now. Thanks to all who shared. Nits got the win, so I'm happy.
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