Segment 16

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Robert Walter does not have any very bad or very good memories of the war. All of his memories have their places. There is someone writing Walters story. Walter believes that World War 2 be remembered but not necessarily taught. He has heard that injured veterans coming out of the service at the time of the interview [Annotators Note: 2007] are not receiving the level of care he had received. He had been offered disability when he got out but soldier s are not getting the same treatment these days. Walter wonders if by giving soldiers things to protect their bodies we are going too far. He feels personally that he would rather be killed than to lose his arms. When he was in combat he wanted to come out whole. Walter believes that museums like The National WWII Museum are necessary. He feels that if just one person is able to realize what the soldiers went through it is worth it. Walter never cared about history when he was in school. Now he talks to kids in schools. At his granddaughters school he gave a talk on the Battle of the Bulge. The following week he got notes from all the kids thanking him. Walter always thought that the 99th [Annotators Note: the 99th Infantry Division] was the best trained outfit in the army. The men in his platoon were well trained and disciplined and performed how he expected them to. The 99th was considered a specialized unit when they went overseas. When they left Camp Maxey to go overseas they had no idea where they were going. No one was supposed to know they were coming but the Germans knew they were there. As far as the war itself he believes that it was fought for big business and big oil companies. It is no different than the wars being fought today. Walter does not have any ill feelings toward the Germans because his family is German.

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