Of the generations I have known in my lifetime (speaking about aggregates) the generation who came of age during the first world war and then lived through the grest depression were by far the most moral. Much better than their parents, and a bit better than their kids whofought in the second world war. Those who think the second World War generation wat the apex are merely too young to have known many of the generation before (quite a few of which fought in BOTH World Wars.) The boomers, yet another generation later deserve all the denigration they recieve, yet their children and their children’s children have continued to spiral ever downward.
Funny you mention that, because I well recall some passing comments from my grandfather that were a little negatively-tinged towards the WW2 (”Greatest Generation”) crowd. It was rather couched criticism, but I remember him complaining a bit about them, that following the war, they were sometimes a bit too entitled, too footloose, when it came to obligations, whether in family or business. It was mild criticism, and it was totally dwarfed by his contempt and revulsion towards the hippie generation.
Still, I found it interesting, the juxtaposition, especially in light of how you rarely if ever hear anything remotely negative towards the WW2-generation in the culture nowadays. Knowing a good number of people who belonged to the earlier, pre-WW2 generation, like my grandparents and their peers, who were full adults in the 1910s/20s/30s I fully agree that they were much more grounded, more moral than any others I ever knew.