But I hope you'll forgive a mostly non-partisan current affairs comment.
Garvin wrote a pretty good description of the sometimes overlooked war narratives at the museum. The letter from the Marine describing reaching the beach by going through floating arms, legs, torsos and heads. More eloquent history than any scholar could write.
Query: Do you think the current crop of politicians of all stripes who have this country tied in knots, would be acting as they are if they'd had to fight on Tarawa or Omaha Beach, or Bastogne or Bataan? There was something about that shared national experience and the effect it had on servicemen and all Americans that made them more practical and reasonable. Not without differing ideas, but not so immune to the common good as a value or a "given" in how we viewed our political differences.