The Greatest Generation
This label having been coined by Tom Brokaw,a very famous US new anchor (or news reader) of yesteryear.
I met several men when I was growing up who fought in the first world war.
After finishing their time in the military they learned a useful trade and were just starting to raise families when the Depression hit. When the second war hit these guys had skills needed (machinists and boiler technicians) by the navy. They served again in the second world war, often with their own sons serving elsewhere.
There were three of these men in the small north Kansas farming town where my grandfather lived. My grandfather always pointed them out and talked to them when we went to town.
Those men were the greatest generation.