There’s a soldier in the story. World War II remains a pinnacle of societal failure for the 20th Century. I hope its stories will never die. If nothing else, it showed us in black-and-white that we might very well destroy human life on our planet.
By comparison, in 1973 there were 2,646 MIAs from the Vietnam War. Maybe that’s encouragement—that we’ve learned to kill ourselves with less ferocity.