WWII veteran asked by little girl if he’d do it all again, answers ‘yes, for you’

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WWII veteran and grandpa Ralph meets kids on Remembrance Day (Picture: Imgur)

Grab the tissues.

Canadian Ralph MacLean was stationed in Hong Kong during the Second World War. He was captured on Christmas Day 1941 by Japanese forces and was held as a prisoner of war until he was rescued by American soldiers at the end of the war.

Now a grandpa, every year, Ralph visits one or two elementary schools around Remembrance Day to answer questions from the pupils. This year, a little girl asked him whether he would do it all again.

He answered ‘Yes, for you’.

Ralph’s grandson wrote about the exchange on Reddit earlier today and it’s already inspired thousands of heartfelt comments.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: A general view of the parade during the 70th Anniversary commemorations of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) at Parliament Square on August 15, 2015 in London, England. The event marks the 70thanniversary of the surrender of Japanese Forces, bringing about the end of World War II. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will join British Prime Minister David Cameron and former prisoners of war during services throughout the day as tributes are made to the the estimated 71,244 British and Commonwealth casualties of the Far East conflict. Japan formally surrendered on September 2, 1945 at a ceremony in Tokyo Bay on USS Missouri. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
The parade in Parliament Square during the 70th Anniversary commemorations of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) on August 15 (Picture: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

The grandson, whose username is thenewguy89, goes on to explain that, while a POW, Ralph ‘witnessed several friends die, suffered physical illness, and almost died from being transported in a hell ship to a Japanese camp.’

He also linked to Ralph’s first-person account of his capture here. Ralph writes there of his fellow soldiers: ‘We must remember them as we contemplate the cost they paid for our freedom.’

Thousands of comments have been left thanking Ralph for his service. One writes: ‘As a kid from Hong Kong, we rarely ever hear about the men who fought in Hong Kong. It is commonly forgotten or people don’t care. What he did will forever be cherished by me.’

Another adds: ‘Your grandpa is a badass. That is all.’

We’re not crying, you are.

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