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Old November 23rd, 2012, 05:16 AM   #11

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I grew up listening to WWI veterans including my grandfather who are all gone now but you'll still find quite a few WWII veterans about. Useful if you can talk to them and get the active soldier's version of the war.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:06 AM   #12
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of course i'm not happy for any persons death but 1. it is natural that old people die and 2. i don't think ww2 was such a positive event so i don't mind if we will move on. when the last eyewitness will pass away it can truly become just history.
Of course you want it to become history, you're a hungarian. You would want to forget about the atoricities your people commited as early as possible.
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I would think the average age of WWII vets, for the US at least, would be about 88-90
I don't see many lasting fifteen years.
Harry Patch, the last surviving combat veteran of WW1 died in 2009 just a week after Henry Allingham, the last WW1 combat pilot, a handful of other non-combatant veterans survived until 2011. Harry Patch attended the 2008 Rembrance Day Service; it was the first time that he was unable to stand to lay a wreath.
Of the 200,000 veterans of various conflicts who marched in the 2012 service, some 18,000 plus were WW2 veterans (although for many it was a wheel-past)-- quite impressive were the former crew members of arctic convoys, the leader was 100 years old, the youngest 84.
As I remember, as a kid, the annually dwindling numbers of the original "Old Contemptibles" down to their disappearance, I should expect the same will happen over the next few years, but if many are like Harry--I suspect that some will outlive you.
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Since Germany was enlisting kids late in the war it is possible that there are veterans in their early 80s. If you count Soviet partisans there may be some even younger than 80.
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