Thank you for posting this video. A long time squad mate of mine passed away two years ago as he was also a sniper. We owe a debt of gratitude not only to them, but all our past and current service men and women.
I have been fortunate to have known several guys who served in WW2, including my father who died a few years after the war from complications. A couple of my favorite heros( they didn't see themselves that way of course) were a couple guys who i flew with for almost 20 years.
We would meet, usually on Sun. mornings at the airport, unload our gear, do our pre-flights, fuel up the aircraft, turn on the receivers and radio transmitters, flip the props and watch them rotate off the runway and into the morning sky. Yeah, yeah, i know it's not like really flying, but those were some great times with a couple old guys who were the lucky ones who survived the war and came home to make a life for themselves.
We would talk from time-to-time about their service days, but like so many of that era, never in a bragging way. Bob, who passed away a few years ago, flew bombers in the Pacific, while Jack, who is still alive today and still flies those models,was a P-51 driver in the European theater. I never tired of hearing them speak about their experiences, but mostly we just talked airplane, women, cars and good booze.
I have not talked to Jack in awhile. I think i'll call him right now.......