IamA 88 y/o WWII vet. I was one of the first troops in Rome during its liberation, stormed Mussolini's castle, and earned a purple heart. AMA
I, Tom's grandson, will be answering questions for him. We'll be here for about an hour.
Tom was drafted when he was 18, was medically discharged at 21, and had 5 children with his current wife of 60 years (or as he jokingly puts it, for many cold winters).
He's a great man, and made a great life for himself. You can ask him anything, and he'll answer the best he can.
Edit: Thanks for all the questions guys. I just left his house, sorry I couldn't answer all of your questions. It's hard to go from question to question with someone with so many memories to share... one question leads to a story, which leads to another, etc. It's an honor to have him as my grandfather. Also, I'd like to mention that before this AMA, he was under the impression that not many people were interested by WWII. But after all these questions, it reassured him that everyone still has the greatest respect for him and all of his brothers and sisters in war. Thanks!!