My father served in the Pacific during WWII. He would not talk of Iwo Jima or Guadalcanal, he was, like most GI's of that era grateful for the A bomb. The soldiers did not want to land and have to take the home island. They feared the cost of that battle. However, what my father did tell me was how he heard of start of the war.
He was in the army at the time of the start of the war and in hospital recovering from an illness. He had been napping when the news came of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He turned off the radio in disgust....he thought it was another trick being played on the public by Orson Wells!