Tomorrow’s the day we remember American troops who died serving their country. Today, let’s extend that just a bit to also recall all the ones who returned from battle but are no longer with us.
Howard Weaver, 85, has memories of both. The native Roanoker is a Navy veteran of World War II; the youngest of four Weaver boys sent off to battle; the only one who survives today.
Listening to him gives you a renewed appreciation for the term “the greatest generation.” Howard and his brothers — Billy, Glenn and David — served in some of the most significant incidents of the war and its aftermath.
What follows are the stories Howard related about the Weaver boys and their service to this country. The details are dimmed a bit by the fog of passing years. They certainly aren’t all happy. But they’re real, and their drama and import remain.
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