This fine gentleman was walking around the Livermore Airport this past weekend in full uniform from WWII. He was a pilot in the Africa Theater of the war, and on up into Italy for his tour. He told me that the Italians did not like the Americans even though they switched from the Nazi's to the Allies.
Remember, we were the ones who bombed and killed their fathers, hence great anger towards us. (Sound familiar in today's news?).
This gentleman was in his mid 80's...and was as alert as anyone. Great memory and stories. He was missing three fingers on his right hand (I didn't ask). He was admiring the uniforms on display, stating they were exactly the same as worn ..unchanged...
Quite a remarkable man. Thanks to him for his sacrifices in the "Great WWII". Unfortunately, I did not get his name.