One of the nice aspects of American life today is the respect and love accorded to the nation’s veterans. It is common practice now for civilians to place their hand over their heart when passing a young man or woman in uniform. Having grown up during World War II, I remember the sacrifices made by our young people of the “Greatest Generation” and the great generations of fighting men and women since then. Let’s give them all a special salute with a few questions.
1. He flew over 25 missions in WWII over Europe and was a Brigadier General in the Air Force reserve at the time of his death. Who is this Oscar winning actor?
2. He was drafted into the Army after graduating from Notre Dame. He was wounded in Vietnam, but played on four Pittsburg Steelers Super Bowl winners after his discharge. Who is he?
3. Two famous celebrities died while flying over the English Channel during WWII. One was a bandleader and one was a famous British actor, who had starred in a 1939 Hollywood blockbuster. Who were they?
4. One of our greatest composers supplied the music for two separate Broadway sows that featured enlisted Army personnel in WWI and WWII. The shows were “Yip Yip Yaphank” and “This is the Army.” Who was the composer?
5. Our most celebrated hero of WWI was Sergeant who captured an entire unit of Germans single-handedly. His story was told in a 1942 movie. Who was he?
6. A cartoonist served as a war correspondent during WWII. He captured the life and struggles of the average foot soldier with a group of cartoons featuring two grizzled GIs trudging across Europe. Their names were Willie and Joe. Who was the cartoonist?