"We’re not heroes. It burns me up how people use the word ‘hero’ today. The heroes are the kids who gave 100 percent; they gave their lives. The heroes are the mothers who gave up a son, who carried him for nine months, and raised him to do right, and he does right, and at eighteen, he goes to fight for his country, and he dies doing right. That’s a hero…Bill and I get furious when we hear it used in the wrong context. We know we’re not heroes. The kids who went to war and never walked back through his mother’s front door, he’s the hero."
- Edward ‘Babe’ Heffron (16 May 1923-1 December 2013)
"They were having to deal with the horrible injuries, the pain, the death, and the frustration of not having the necessary supplies or facilities that could many times mean the difference between life and death on a daily basis. There was, for them, no escaping the nightmares of our new reality. Surely the sights, sounds, and the stench of sickness and death would follow these men for the rest of their lives. Despite this, they performed the best they could and gave it their all."
- Sgt Don Zobel of the 1st Marine Division on the Navy Corpsmen who were with them on Guadalcanal (via demons)
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