The end of World War Two came in August of 1944. But even three years later, in Europe people were living through war-like conditions.
Reconstructing the war-torn nations took years. To maintain peace and protect lives, British, French and American troops worked to secure areas of Germany.
Dan Villarial was one of the many Marines tasked with that mission, in addition to fighting starvation of surviving citizens. The Marines were also on guard against the growing soviet power and other brewing conflicts.
“I saw my first share of combat in that area at that time of 1948. And when the Arab-Israeli War broke out we became peacekeepers for that war. We didn’t assist the Arabs or the Israelis we had to take care of ourselves,” said Villarial.
The fallout of World War Two lasted for decades. Germany didn’t become whole until the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1991.