LA Times: Aboard the Midway, a Memorial Day salute to World War II veterans
By TONY PERRY
Bob Thomas was just 18 when he was sent to join up with Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army in Europe, where he fought at the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Forest. Later, as a member of the Monuments Men, he helped rescue cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis.
On Saturday, Thomas was speaking for Army veterans of World War II at the Memorial Day remembrance ceremony aboard the carrier museum Midway.
He said that while he appreciated the term "The Greatest Generation," he avoids any sense of heroism for himself.
"We had a job to do," he said.
While the ceremony at the Midway was underway — with its patriotic music, high school ROTC color guard and restored World War II aircraft fly-by — another was taking place outside the Veterans Memorial Center Museum in Balboa Park.