A good friend, Joe is 90, and during WWII he was in the 101st and got 5 bronze and 1 silver star. Recently he was hospitalized in the VA and went to go see him, talked about war and stuff and he told me he never saw Band of Brothers. Went to the trusty library and took it out. During the first two episodes, we were joined by Earl age 91, who was in the artillery in Europe. And Jerry age 90 who was in the Pacific Theater.. he got shot down at least once and landed on Carriers something like 200 times, he was a gunner in a bomber. When Joe got home, arranged to watch it with him and his friends. It was a once in a lifetime experience, as Joe and Earl never talk about Europe all that much. They initially ranted and raved about how unfair it was for a poor grunt, and how the "special sons and rich kids" of the time got the easy duty. There was not a lot of conversation, but we made it through the first to episodes that had to do with Basic Training and D-Day. I left the video with Joe, but he could not make it past the 5th episode. He always speaks of the Battle of Bastogne was especially horrific. Some things that I learned were that while the movies and history always portray the Germans as being particularly savage, the US troops were just as bad as Earl nodded his head in agreement. They spoke of not changing clothes for months, and when they did trailer trucks would roll in and they would shower and get "deloused". How hungry they always were, and when Band of Brothers showed how they were eating was really off base. Joe left the service as a PFC, he was promoted a couple of times, but every time he did he would get drunk and punch an officer and got bumped back. In previous conversations Joe has told me with a tear in his eye, liberating Dachau was horrific and his anger really rises as when they approached Berlin, they had to let the Russians roll in before them and do what they did. Sometimes history is in words and pictures, but often it is handed down best by those who were there. I would not approach any WWII vet with this, but as I know Joe well felt comfortable as we have discussed WWII many times, when he feels like it. My father was in WWII, and he was in DDay +1, but he would always talk in military jargon and anacronyms and never really understood what he did until I went to the D-Day museum in NOLA. He never talked about it all that much. Very good if not great day..