"America is the land of the free because it is the home of the brave."
--Benjamin O. Davis, Junior
General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. (1912-2002) was one of the Tuskegee Airmen (pilots who formed all African-American squadrons during World War II) and the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.
"There is a quality, among those who have served, of not taking things for granted the way the rest of us do. Never take being warm and dry and well-fed and not being shot at for granted."
--J. D. Salinger
Jerome David Salinger (1919-2010) was a World War II veteran and author of Catcher in the Rye, a classic novel portraying teenage confusion, isolation, and rebellion. After earning success and fame for his writing in the 1950s, he withdrew from society and stopped publishing his stories.