Hearing it from the Source

So in my high school there is a class open to seniors that covers the history of World War II.  As the class begins to wind down my teacher got a hold of a local veteran who fought in the Pacific Theater during the war. 

It was very interesting hearing this man tell us about his experiences during his time in the United States Marine Corp. during this time.  I mean sure we play games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor all the time, yet the reality of that time period still seems so far off in the past.  It almost changed my view of games based on historical wars, not so much in the way that I will never play them again but it just made me appreciate the people who served in those times even more than I had before.

Hoisting the flag at Iwo Jima

Some of the stories that he told us were amazing.  One story that we heard was about when he and squad were clearing out a Japanese tunnel that was littered with bodies of Japanese soldiers.  So they began walking through the tunnel with nothing out of the ordinary happening and all of a sudden the man tells us that his friend yelled "Get Down!" and as he hit the dirt a Japanese soldier fell to the ground also.  One of the Japanese soldier had been playing dead and tried to take a swipe at our speaker with a samurai sword.  That sword is now a sovereign of the veteran who spoke to us.

We always see veterans speak on History Channel specials about their experiences in World War II and I have a profound amount of respect for them and any veteran who has served their country, but it was just a great experience to meet this man and hear his stories about his life as a Marine during this time. 
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Posted by Breadfan

So in my high school there is a class open to seniors that covers the history of World War II.  As the class begins to wind down my teacher got a hold of a local veteran who fought in the Pacific Theater during the war. 

It was very interesting hearing this man tell us about his experiences during his time in the United States Marine Corp. during this time.  I mean sure we play games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor all the time, yet the reality of that time period still seems so far off in the past.  It almost changed my view of games based on historical wars, not so much in the way that I will never play them again but it just made me appreciate the people who served in those times even more than I had before.

Hoisting the flag at Iwo Jima

Some of the stories that he told us were amazing.  One story that we heard was about when he and squad were clearing out a Japanese tunnel that was littered with bodies of Japanese soldiers.  So they began walking through the tunnel with nothing out of the ordinary happening and all of a sudden the man tells us that his friend yelled "Get Down!" and as he hit the dirt a Japanese soldier fell to the ground also.  One of the Japanese soldier had been playing dead and tried to take a swipe at our speaker with a samurai sword.  That sword is now a sovereign of the veteran who spoke to us.

We always see veterans speak on History Channel specials about their experiences in World War II and I have a profound amount of respect for them and any veteran who has served their country, but it was just a great experience to meet this man and hear his stories about his life as a Marine during this time. 
Posted by jakob187

My mom's dad fought in WWI and WWII.  My dad's dad fought in the Korean War.  My dad fought in Vietnam.  My buddy Dustin fought in Desert Storm and Iraq War.

I've heard some crazy shit.  It's actually pretty fucking cool to hear those kinds of stories, despite how tragic they happen to be.  It makes you realize just how big the war machine actually is and how it affects just a single, solitary person.
Posted by Sweep

easy its to forget the gap between games, films and reality. It can be quite a shocking revelation when you realise that this stuff actually happened and people really did experience horrendous acts of violence.

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Posted by Death_Unicorn

My grandfather's brother died in WWII over Europe as the nose gunner of a B-17.

Posted by Bucketdeth

Yeah, hearing stuff from a person who was actually there can make a big impact, I can`t imagine what anyone in any war has to go through, but vietnam and WWll were especially horrible, so listening to a person who has been there and seen the horror's is a powerful thing.