When I was on a bus in Europe there was a white haired man sitting accross from me. He looked about 80 years old, more or less. I knew there were some WWII veterans on the trip, so I asked him if he was a WWII vet. He said yes, he was on the St. Louis in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The St. Louis was the first ship out to sea after the attack.
He said his job was to "fix things" on the ship. He wasn't a Big Hero. He was just a regular, reluctant hero.
Thanks, white haired man, for being there when we needed you. And, thanks to all our veterans of all of our necessary and unecessary wars and skirmishes.