Before the age of twenty six my grandfather was an American hero. As a young man who was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana he helped the United States win World War II. William F. Sherwood flew a fighter plane in the skies over the Pacific Ocean. Not many people could say that their grandfather had enough courage to be in war.
By serving in the Navy Man realized how much he loved life. Family became more valuable to him after going into the military. Man gained a sense of pride. He learned how to better take care of himself.
Man was always very proud of all soldiers. He knew that it was the American soldier who protects our freedom and safety. For example we have freedom of speech and religion, which are recognized in the First Amendment, because the American soldier is prepared to die to preserve that freedom. When Man was in the Navy, there were not many women who served in the Navy. In the sixty years since the end of World War II things have changed. Women are now allowed to serve in any branch of the military. Man would be very pleased about this.
There is a museum in New Orleans that honors the American soldiers in World War II. It had opened shortly before Man died. Many of the soldiers have given tape recorded discussions about their war experiences. Man was not able to do so. However I have heard some of those recordings and I believe they say a lot about what men like Man did in the war.
Man died before I was born. My dad tells me that Man and I already knew each other. Even though I never met him, after the interview with my dad, I felt as if I always have known Man. By listening to the stories about Man I learned that war takes strength, confidence, and bravery. My grandfather, along with many other veterans, is a true American hero.