As someone born after the war, I have no direct memories of the war or the war period but I have certainly been indirectly affected by WWII. All of my World War II impressions come from movies, TV, my parents and those relatives who lived through the war. Both of my parents lived lived through the war and neither was old enough to serve. My father's older brother was one of the original members of the 10th Mountain Division. My mother's brother was not able to serve as his tuberculosis was misdiagnosed as pnuemonia when he was young. My grandfather was a Manhattan Project engineer who was responsible for shipping all of the parts needed to create the first atom bomb around the country, possibly even the world, making the shipments as untrackable as possible. All parts were destined for either Oak Ridge, TN, or Los Alamos, NM. My grandfather had a heart attack while attending a meeting in Oak Ridge, TN, where they announced that they would be dropping the bomb in Japan. His death certificate says that he died at the Memphis airport but others say he died on his way from Oak Ridge to the airport and since Oak Ridge did not exist, they took his body to the airpot and sat him in a seat to be found by others. My father has always felt that his father would have lived longer if they Japanese had surrentered sooner. My father was delivering groceries for the corner market when we was 15. He drove to do this even though he was under age since there was no one else to do the deliveries. My mother knew many who went off to war, some who came home and some who didn't. She remembers rationing very, very well. I think my father's family had special ration status that my mother's family did not have.
While my family has been affected by WWII as have most everyone who lived through the war or are the children and grandchildren of those who experienced the war. The War will pass out of our living memory but will live on in movies, both movies made during the war as well as all the war movies made in the 50 or more years after the war. Today I saw most of "A Bridge Too Far". A movie about an event that did not make the Allies look very good but which seems to somewhat accurately tell one of the many stories of the war.
Someday I hope to write something, either fiction or non-fiction, about my grandfather's experience with the Manhattan Project. And I think something about how rationing affected families diet would be an interesting study.