My Dad was born in the 1930s and had been too young for service. But growing up in the 1960s, plenty of kids I knew had fathers that were just a few years older. Of those, a few were combat veterans. I remember one that was reminds of this story.
I just finished reading Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War. Dale Maharidge has written a very personal tale of growing with a father that been a combat Marine on Okinawa. He writes of growing up and then of his later journey to understand the crucial events of that time in his Dad’s life.
It’s not a light read but I’m recommending it.