Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Saying Goodbye to the Greatest Generation

It is one month until Veterans Day 2016.  I just thought it worth noting just how few World War II veterans are still with us.  In Allegheny County the number of World War II veterans once exceeded 200K, but only small fraction are still with us.  I know it has been a long goodbye in a sense, but maybe it is worth noting there are WW2 vets around. The estimates available from the Census are a little above 6K just in Allegheny County as of 2015.  As 2016 draws to the close, I am sure we are down well below that number.

A more amazing statistic.  This is a number so small that survey error makes it hard to say for sure it is not actually zero, but the estimate for 2015 is that there were 41 Allegheny County veterans who served in WW II, Korea AND Vietnam.  I think for Veterans Day this year - and the ulterior motive for posting this a month early - we should find any local vets who served in all three of those wars.


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