"The transition didn't seem like too much of a transition. Sure, I needed all new clothes and everything, but thankfully, the GI Bill allowed me to complete four years of college, and possibly that's what I was really aiming for all along. But at an…

"So when they dropped the bomb, ending the war, we were of course ecstatic. It was a reprieve. So we did all this, and we then returned to Pearl, back to San Diego where, a few months later, I got discharged and went home and started college."…