This is my grandfather, who served twice in the U.S Navy, first in the 1920s and then again during World War II, volunteering even though he had five kids at home to support. Or perhaps because he had five kids at home to support (<sarc>).
The picture below is Grandpa on Guam in 1945. He was then serving on the destroyer the USS Ellet.
At right is one of his ribbon commendations after a series of actions including the Battle of the Philippines, the invasion of Guam and Saipan.
My Dad told me that the Ellet had a proud history including involvement with the Doolittle Raid, the Battle of the Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, and later Iwo Jima. The Ellet also survived a near-miss from a Kamikaze and rescued several ships that had hit mines later in the war.
On Memorial Day, we salute all of our veterans and active duty personnel, those who have passed on like Grandpa, and those who are still with us.
Thank you all. The greatest nation on Earth, the greatest nation ever seen on this planet, owes each of you a debt.