Like many veterans, former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Jack C. Carroll has spent much of his life trying to push the memories of his war years to the back of his mind. Then, in October, the 85-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, and Tarawa took his wife, Erma, on a sneak-preview tour of the new National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.
"Tears came to his eyes, and he just stood there shaking his head and saying, 'I can't believe this,'" Mrs. Carroll says, recalling her husband's reaction in the Corps's soon-to-go-public museum. "I think he re-lived a lot of it right then, and I got a glimpse of what he and all those other boys went through. I myself know a lot more now about what it all means."