I interviewed a World War II veteran once for a book about veterans a few years back. It was a fascinating experience. The veteran, named Robert, was in his 80’s and he lived in a fine house in the suburbs with his wife. The stories that he told me about the war had obviously been practiced for years and years, perhaps with his friends and family. I don’t know if he found his experiences to painful to talk about candidly or if he was just asked what he’d seen in war too many times and decided to give people a chuckle more often than anything else.