[raises figurative glass to be followed by literal, later in the evening]
One of my grandfathers was a Major in the military police, and received the Bronze Star for his part getting the Queen (Wilhelmina) of the Netherlands out of country. However, I was told this ages ago by relatives and have only very faint details...I could have this wrong. As I read the history she evacuated continental Europe long before the US was involved, so maybe this had to do with her 1945 trip to Allied-occupied territories. My other grandfather was a waist gunner on a B-17, served in North Africa and Italy, if not more places. I remember him telling me of the first time he saw a Messerschmitt ME-262 jet interceptor. Quiet, mild-mannered, gentle man that raised his family well; he passed on last year. What's so striking is that having this kind of heroism in one's family tree is not rare, almost everyone has relatives of that era that served in the war in some capacity. Quite a universal conflict that was.