Former Soldiers Appear to be Growing Older Before Their Time…My own Dad, Vernon, appeared much older than age 27 following WWII…

“The tragic signs of post-traumatic stress disorder or battlefield concussion are all too evident. Even more alarming for researchers is emerging evidence that these newest American combat veterans — former GIs and Marines in their 20s and 30s — appear to be growing old before their time. Scientists see early signs of heart disease and diabetes, slowed metabolisms and obesity — maladies more common to middle age or later.”

Dad, Vernon, & Son, Stephen 1946

I was born approximately 1 year following my Dad’s return from extended combat duty, including Pearl Harbor and Asiatic Pacific Theater.  Believe it or not Dad was just 27 years old!  The story above is accurate to the extent that my Dad looked his age at the beginning of WWII, but following the war and his homecoming, he appeared to be in his 40’s.  Most photos of my Dad show that he looked much older than his age.

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

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