I Am A 90 year old United States Marine (Retired Veteran of WWII) Major William R Henderson AMAA
Hello Reddit! My Grandfather, Major (Brevet Colonel) William R Henderson was born in 1922, grew up during the depression,and was in the marines during WWII.
His life has taken him from the sands of Iwo Jima to the halls of Washington D.C., from a small-town business to some of the most exclusive clubs in North Carolina,and from the humble beginnings of a minister’s son to wealth, then financial difficulties, and back to financial independence.
He was married to my Grandmother for 64 years, until she passed away last November.
Not too long ago, we recently re-published his book about his war time and his civilian life. It has a little bio on the website, check it out if you want. It also has the first chapter available to read for free.
He will be here in about an hour to answer your questions, ask him (almost) Anything!
EDIT 11/12/12 Around 2:00 PM EST: Proof from yesterday.
EDIT 11/12/12 2:45 PM EST: He'll be here in 15 min, if you have a question please post it!
EDIT 11/12/12 3:00 PM EST: He is here now, I'm going to start answering the questions (Not all probably)
EDIT 11/12/12 4:00 PM EST: And.. We're pretty much done now! If anyone else has any questions, He will be back tonight to answer the rest.
EDIT 11/12/12 Evening Around 7:30 PM EST: Right now he is writing an essay about where we are right now in America (I think It's inspired by one of these questions!) so we probably will not be back tonight. We WILL answer most of the question asked since he left though, be it tomorrow or next week. (or maybe tonight depending on some variables)
EDIT 11/13/12 Morning: I checked out his book again, and found something interesting. He actually tried to fight in the Korean war,but they wouldn't let him be reactivated because he had too much rank, they needed Junior officers.
EDIT 11/13/12 11:00 AM EST: Added times for edits