So, I decided to post this after I went to an airshow today and saw a real WW2 Imperial Japanese IJN pilot. He was wearing a full uniform, complete with the worn out bandanna. It was the coolest thing ever; he even was wearing his 60 year old glasses which were perfectly round like the old stereotypes on Japanese people back then.
After a brief conversation, I randomly began to think of all the WW2 Veterans I've met from different nationalities. I've met Canadian, American, British, Polish, Russian, and now Japanese war veterans. While most I've met while they were wearing medals while at a memorial event of sorts, I've seen a few (including today's encounter) wearing their uniform, and what a sight it is!
This got me wondering - Have anyone met a WW2 German Veteran who has openly worn either their medals (Iron Crosses?) or even their Uniform? (Maybe they ripped out any Swastika patches sewn in). I'm not talking the SS which maybe is really inappropriate to see wondering around, I mean the regular honorable German soldier, which a good amount of were not the cold blooded Nazis they were thought to be, but regular people who were young and didn't care for the politics that Hitler brought on.
I've seen German WW2 veterans on TV, but none of them I've seen wearing any medals they may have earned.