Most people think of retiring at 60 is retiring early. But in the service, retiring at 60 is about 20 years later than normal.
In 1969, Eugene Krueger left his young wife, Sharon, and headed off to Vietnam, where the 20-year-old’s heroism as an Army pilot would be recognized with two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Bronze Star.
Go read the whole thing.
(yes, I know, NG and USAR folks don’t collect a pension until 60 anyway!)