When Gordon Wendell Kahl returned home from the WWII Pacific theatre he was carrying plenty of Shrapnel in his Chest , Jaw and Hip .
He was a Turret Gunner on B25’s and had shot down Ten enemy aircraft . He was awarded the Bronze Star , the Silver Star , two Purple Hearts , two Air Medals and a Presidential Unit Citation .
He married the girl he had left behind when he went off to fight in the war .
He and his wife Joan began their family in the years following that terrible war , but there never would be any real peace in postwar America .