Writer/Producer/Commentator Andy Rooney shares his experiences writing for “Stars and Stripes” while serving in World War II. He covered the Eighth Air Force and he describes the experience of the men as they went from flying dangerous missions to taking leave in London:
“They got back, they were relieved, they were joyous, they had good food, they could go into London, usually find a girl to spend some time with. So, they lived a relatively civilized life, and in a way, it made it more difficult for them, because they never got inured to this battle condition. They broke away and lived a normal life for a day or two and then they had to go do it again. Whereas the, the GIs were out there, day after day, slogging away and there was no relief for them but neither was there this emotional high and low.”
Watch Andy Rooney's full Archive of American Television interview to hear the stories behind his legendary career.