He served in WWII, crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary in storms that came close to sinking her -- which he didn't learn until later. He turned down OCS to stay with his unit, and was a Master Sargent when he was discharged.
I know he acted as a court reported in Africa, and did a lot of translating -- he was good at languages.
He got a bronze star. He isn't positive why, but he thinks it was because when he was in Italy, he was talking to some partisans in a bar. The partisan told him that the last Italian panzers in the area would be willing to surrender -- to the Americans, not the French. So Dad told that to his Captain, and eventually the panzers surrendered -- to the Americans, as requested.
I'll have to ask him to tell the story again one of these days. He regrets that he didn't keep a diary, because he's forgotten so many details over the years.