My father spent WW II in New Guinea and the Philippines, while my uncle (at 18 years old) served on an aircraft carrier. As a bonus my Dad also got re-called for the Korean War, spending 18 months there. He didn't see me until I was over a year old.
The following was posted on Michelle Malkin's website.
From Zell Miller's RNC speech in 2004:
Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.
And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag.