Looking back on the past few months of research I have dedicated to Robert George Fenstermacher Jr.'s story helped me reshape my depth of sympathy and appreciation for the soldiers of World War II. When learning about WWII in school the focus is on the whole and groups of people and operations, but in this project I was able to travel through the life of a single soldier and understand that everyone who sacrificed their life during the war was an individual with their own lives. Sacrifice and freedom comes at the expense of an individual who actively chooses to give their life up for the better of others. Fenstermacher seems like he would have plenty of stories at such a young age and I would ask him about them. His enlistment phase, his relationship with his other co-workers and soldiers, and if he ever could have imagined being what he is today, a honored and decorated soldier who is acknowledged for his sacrifice. One of my best and most interesting resources was the Missing In Action Project who gave me details of his sacrifice, death, recovery, and honor. Researching Robert Fenstermacher Jr. gave me a window to redefine gratitude in my own sense. As a military kid, I have been used to seeing my father fly overseas and be gone for months on deployment in active warzones, not knowing the real danger that they face on a regular basis. My soldier hit closer to home as the child to an Airborne soldier and makes me really question if I have shown appreciation to the constant danger soldiers go through just to protect their people. I hope that through this project I have learned to understand the complexities of sacrifice and gratitude for those around me and those fighting for me. I want to thank Robert George Fenstermacher Jr. from the bottom of my heart for his undying sacrifice and devotion to our country of the United States of America.

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