I don't write and post typically, never thought myself much of a "writer." Also, if you find this piece connected to a game, like Call of Duty, its because these are the men that inspire the games you play.
My Grandfather, Robert N. Cummings, passed away a couple of years ago. But he lived a life you only watch in movies. He lied about his age and became a Smoke Jumper when he was 17. Later on he joined the Army and fought in WWII and the Vietnam War. Many many years later he retired at the rank of Major. Retirement didn't suit him so he joined the Fire Department and became a Fire Chief. They don't make men like my Grandfather anymore. He was headstrong, probably hot headed at times, and I can see why Clint Eastwood was his favorite actor. I think if they ever would have gotten the chance to meet they probably would have been the best of friends. Oddly enough though he was always fascinated with technology and was equally impressed with what I did with my artwork in our "digital age." One of the reasons why I made sure to scan everything I had that my grandfather wore or packed with him during the Vietnam War for Call of Duty Black Ops. Art wise I wanted everything we did to be as authentic as possible. Its a thimble of a gesture for a giant of a man. I'm proud of my Grandpa, more than these words could ever express. To be honest I don't even know what brought this on. But I just wanted to share briefly about a man that lived more life times than most of us will ever live in our one.