He did, for sure. Broke my aunt’s heart for being a bit of a ladies man, but he was a crack pilot.
I didn’t tell you that another uncle (by blood; the pilot was by marriage) was a corpsman on a Navy hospital ship. He’s in his 90s now and a widower, but it turns out he was in the thick of it the whole time and barely spoke a word until recently. Treated the Marines hauled out of combat in the Battle of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, the works. The memories were so rough he just didn’t want to talk about it. I guess with the death of his wife now he’s loosened up a bit, sadly from a greater personal pain. The Greatest Generation aren’t narcissists, that’s for sure.