The poet Dylan Thomas once wrote "Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight..." To many, that means people who have faced death have seen what's most important in life, but for myriad reasons too many veteran experiences are left out of the history books, lost in the annals of time.


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The Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") is an amazing medium for the men and women of days gone by to share what those days were like. Those who survived the world wars have mostly gone on to live long, full lives. Given the proper forum, they enjoy looking back and from their recollections important lessons emerge.

Here are some of the best recollections and advice from the AMA forum.  While they share their stories, they also share their advice for not going gentle into that good night.

1. Tom, an 88-year-old World War II veteran who received a Purple Heart and helped liberate Rome:

(via Reddit)

"I hold no ill will toward Germans or Japanese. They're great people."

"Any war that followed after WWII I don't agree with."