My grandfather fought in and survived World War II. As you can imagine, it impacted his entire life. Yet he very rarely talked about his experiences at war. In fact, he didn’t talk that often at all. He much preferred to listen, observe and let his actions do the talking.

During the Summer of 2007, we sat down with both of my grandparents for an impromptu interview. They talked about their childhoods, how they met each other, their early adult experiences, the business they ran together for more than 40 years, and their relationships with God.

Toward the end of the interview, my grandfather told us what it was like during the war. He shared a few specific instances that demonstrated his strong belief that God is always in control.

A couple of months after this interview, my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away just another couple of months after that.

I am incredibly grateful for my grandfather. He was a terrific example of a humble servant and, like other military personnel, he was willing to lay down his life to secure freedom for others. Thankfully, my grandfather survived war. Yet many who have served never came back. So today’s More About You Monday question is:

Do you know anyone who died during active duty in the military? Do you know anyone who served in the military? If so, will you please tell us about them here so we can honor them today?


[This post is part of an ongoing blog series to get to know each other better. Have you read and participated in the other “More About You Monday” questions?]