In the Marines, he found his place in the world, turned his childhood pursuit of boxing into a championship, and met his future wife and sweetheart, Jolly, at a USO dance. World War II took him to the south Pacific, where he met combat on Guadalcanal with the same fortitude and faith with which he had always faced life. After the war, he returned home to make a family with Jolly.
Aaron would remain a Marine, eventually rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before the Korean conflict brought him again to war. He served courageously in battle until enemy mortar fire took one of his lungs. Following his three-year recovery, he received an honorable discharge and returned to civilian life to became a good father, husband, and grandfather.
Aaron Cappel was a man the outside world would call one of the Greatest Generation, but to his grandson, he would always be simply PawPaw.