Pat Shingleton: "Fighting for freedom..."
Steven Ambrose's books, "Band of Brothers" and "D-Day" portrayed experiences of individual soldiers during World War II. Excerpts included references to the difficulties in the "elements" for America's victories. "Band of Brothers" became a mini-series on HBO. In addition to Tom Brokaw's book, "The Greatest Generation," soldiers of both the European and Pacific Theaters were subjected to extreme weather conditions. The Battle of the Bulge found soldiers of Easy Company without adequate winter clothing, maneuvering through mud, snow and sub-zero weather. The Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks production, "Pacific," also depicted challenging weather conditions where tropical rains slowed the advance of armaments and supplies. These are examples of service and those that served during tough times and tough conditions.