"I believe we all have perspectives about war, death and dying. Some are obtained from books, movies and often first hand experience which sticks with you for life. I never saw the ‘levels of war-made death or destruction’ from anything but one perspective…until interviewing Luke Layton McLaurine, Jr. (Lieutenant)
"I found it especially interesting, and a blessing, that as a Bombardier, Luke’s experience with death during the war was totally from air battles or mishaps. Even as a POW, he never witnessed death, only the process of slowly dying from starvation and the elements. So many veterans I’ve known speak of the horror of war and no doubt were scarred for life. I didn’t quite know what to expect from our first meeting and I was in awe of Luke’s infectious smile and robust joy for life. He expressed so much pleasure regarding his time in the Army and the people he met along the way. It was incredible how he could recollect the tiniest of details about the plane, his training and POW time. Seemingly, he has such a positive outlook on any and everything he would encounter, serving as a role model for those he served and fought beside."