Yup----"Beach Masters" wasn't a good job. Nobody wanted to stay on the beach long, as they were usually getting shelled heavily, and they had to stay there too long.
My FIL was like that, as he was a WW2 Ranger, and passed 2 years ago, at age 94.
You're a good Son making such a Great Steak for Pop on his day!
They are a generation of tuff men. You never had to worry either, if they said something it was true, if they agreed to something it happened, if they used something it was put back in better shape than when it was taken down, and if a deal wasn't fair they'd tell you.
Might be why it was such a prosperous time in this country. <shrugs> But I have a convienant memory these days, I only remember the good. I guess thats better than the flip side.