A reader writes:
I think your reader who said the “Greatest Generation” weren’t superheroes because they sat idly by as the war in Europe and in the Far East, too had been raging for two years misses a key point. The “Greatest Generation” who fought and died (like my uncle) were not the politicians, opinion makers, power brokers and celebrities of the day who demanded isolation. In fact, I doubt most of those men ever saw a battlefield. They were too old. The “Greatest Generation” were kids. Many of them weren’t even old enough to vote in the 1940 presidential election. These young men and women were very much superheroes in just the same way the volunteers of today are.