The World War II generation did what was expected of them. But they never talked about it. It was part of the Code. There’s no more telling metaphor than a guy in a football game who does what’s expected of him–makes an open-field tackle–then gets up and dances around.
When Jerry Kramer threw the block that won the Ice Bowl in ’67, he just got up and walked off the field.
Tom Brokaw, from The Greatest Generation