Thanks for asking. Since I am the youngest I asked my oldest sister. This is her response.
|What an interesting story. Do you know the details of why he went? I'm sure he didn't have to.|
You have stirred a few memories for me. I remember the rec room. As I recall, he told me that when they occupied a town the civilians had to surrender all their weapons which were burned. Before the bond fire he had a chance to pick through and ship some home. When I was old enough to start showing an interest in them he throw the ammo in the sewer and got rid of most of the rest. I do not even remember my cousin Gerald but I remember the few things we kept. I do remember two rifles he kept. One i think was a Mauser and the other had two triggers . After he dies my Mom sold all if it as me were moving from a house into an apartment.
i dont recall him every speaking about it to me. but i knew quite well from mother that he certainly did not have togo as he was about 35 or 36 and i had already been born! he volunteered. it would be nice to get his army papers. it seems that he landed at normandy, but am not certain. for years we had nazi things decorating our rec room on eldamere. many years later he gave them to cousin gerald, i think. about 20 years ago i met with gerald and asked him about that. but he didn't have them anywmore. it was unclear exactly what they were. i can picture them though nailed to the wall. some guns aned a bayonette.
As to your specific question I can only answer in general. I expect that like most immigrants from the various hell holes they came from (he was a Jew from Czarist Russia) he loved this country and was willing to die to protect it.