Greatest Generation saved Western World

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: March 13 2013 | 11:29 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 12:39 pm in

Jonah Goldberg’s Monday column “Greatest generation the most entitled” is hog wash. As the son of “Greatest Generation” parents and as a baby boomer myself, what he says about the men and women who won World War II is absurd, implying they were the “self-entitled” generation.

Most grew up in a crippling “Great Depression” that dwarfs what we’ve been through the last five years and then they fought in a war that killed 60 million. Others worked on the home front. My dad served as a sailor at Iwo Jima and Okinawa and had the enemy shooting at him. My mom, with a baby son, worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at a St. Louis military airplane plant.

They were the lucky ones. About 400,00O American soldiers didn’t come back.

The Greatest Generation then went to school or started working and earned what they got and they tried to make a better life for their children and grandchildren and yes, we are beneficiaries.

I served in the Navy in the Vietnam War and have worked ever since.

All Americans today deserve health care and jobs. But, many subscribing to Goldberg’s beliefs sold out America, downsizing and closing factories, shipping jobs overseas and then feeling sorry for themselves, because they still aren’t making enough money, money that they would have never been able to make if it hadn’t been for the Greatest Generation saving the Western World.

Cary J. Hahn

Cedar Rapids

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