My grandfather was conscripted into the Imperial Russian Army at the turn of the 20th century. I think it took great moral courage on his part to come to America, bring his young wife and family over as soon as possible and begin a new life here. He died in Pittsburgh of the Spanish flu in 1919 working for his family’s future, not on a forsaken battlefield where he was destined to become cannon fodder. His thriving family lives on.
Source: latimes.com – Los Angeles Times