Merle “Jack” Hammersley did what so many of the Greatest Generation did.
He got drafted. He went to war. He was at the Battle of the Bulge. He came home. He got married. He found employment. He raised a family.
But there is so much more to his story and to that of other World War II veterans. They were young men doing impossible things in impossible situations.
Hammersley’s story echoes that of many veterans in that he doesn’t want to relive the worst of what he experienced. His life has included a great love story and witnessing a rapidly changing world that he helped build on his return to civilian life.
Hammersley, who received the Bronze Star on Friday, also is the winner of this week’s Grit Award for reminding us that there are still World War II veterans here and they all have stories to share.