Before Victor "Gene" Whytsell, a WWII vet who relentlessly engaged the German army across Belgium, Holland, Germany, France and Czechoslovakia:

"Some battles lasted a week, day and night, without a break. A few times the temperature dropped to 25 below zero. A body got really cold." "I've seen hundreds killed, and on many days I thought it would be my day to die."

His memorable quote before he died at 88:

"Why can't our political leaders learn from these terrible wars?"