The author writes, "I never asked my Daddy what he did in the war. I somehow knew he would not talk about it. I was seven years old when he came home in late 1945. I knew he was gone, and now was back. My mother had dozens of letters from him, but I did not read any of them. A seven year old boy has other things on his mind." However, this question was asked by many, and answered by few. There were two reasons for this. One, what they saw and experienced in the heat of combat was so horrifying, that they were not about to share with anyone. They tried to put it behind them. The second reason was the more likely one. They did not think what they did was special.. These men, and women, were products of the Depression. They were given nothing, expected nothing, but knew how to get the job done. Every man in Mr. Carlisle's book said they did not worry about the flag, or Mom's Apple Pie. Their greatest concern was not to let their buddies down. These stories came from many different branches of the service. When the Korean War ended without victory, and was followed by Viet Nam, they were concerned that these young people had not been able to fight a war in the "proper" way; no holds barred, you are right, he is wrong, and send him to hell. After Mr. Brokaw wrote his book, they began to realize...they were special. Now, at the end, they are ready to talk. This book answers important questions that have been puzzling historians. Why did the Air Corps gunner shoot down a British Spitfire? How close was an American plane that day at Nagasaki? While floating down in his parachute, what was the airman thinking about? This is their words about their war.