This year marks the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II, a war that took the lives of between 50 and 80 million civilians and over 16 million Allied soldiers. More than 407,000 were Americans. After nearly three-quarters of a century, even among those who made it home alive, there are fewer and fewer remaining with each passing year. That’s why it’s so important to talk to them and preserve their stories for posterity while we can.
One of those heroes is Navy veteran Jack Gutman, who was only 18 when he went ashore on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He was a Corpsman, there to provide emergency medical aid to soldiers who were wounded and dying all around him. He later served in Okinawa. After he came home, he suffered PTSD and flashbacks that he tried to self-medicate with alcohol for 66 years before finally turning to the VA and fellow veterans for help, something that he now urges all wounded warriors to do. This year, at age 93, he is finally returning to Normandy for the first time since D-Day.
At the link is the full story, which I urge you to read. And please watch the video. I promise you, it’s one of the most moving interviews you are ever likely to see.