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15th Jun '16 12:54:37 AM Shaid
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** [[BadassGrandpa Reinhardt]], also a founding member of the team, and even at 61 years old, still proves to be a stalwart and even jovial ally on the battlefield. He's got a giant ''[[RuleOfCool rocket]]''[[DropTheHammer hammer]] and a suit of PoweredArmor, and can soak up as much damage as he dishes out.

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** [[BadassGrandpa Reinhardt]], also a founding member of the team, and even at 61 years old, still proves to be a stalwart and even jovial ally on the battlefield. He's got a giant ''[[RuleOfCool rocket]]''[[DropTheHammer rocket]]'' [[DropTheHammer hammer]] and a suit of PoweredArmor, and can soak up as much damage as he dishes out.
15th Jun '16 12:54:15 AM Shaid
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** [[BadassGrandpa Reinhardt]], also a founding member of the team, and even at 61 years old, still proves to be a stalwart and even jovial ally on the battlefield. He's got a [[DropTheHammer giant ''rocket'' hammer]] and a suit of PoweredArmor, and can soak up as much damage as he dishes out.

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** [[BadassGrandpa Reinhardt]], also a founding member of the team, and even at 61 years old, still proves to be a stalwart and even jovial ally on the battlefield. He's got a [[DropTheHammer giant ''rocket'' ''[[RuleOfCool rocket]]''[[DropTheHammer hammer]] and a suit of PoweredArmor, and can soak up as much damage as he dishes out.
15th Jun '16 12:52:53 AM Shaid
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** Soldier:76,

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** Soldier:76, [[ShellShockedVeteran Soldier:76]], AKA Jack Morrison was one of the founding members of Overwatch. After the group was disbanded, he became a vigilante, waging a personal war to expose the truth behind Overwatch's collapse.
** [[BadassGrandpa Reinhardt]], also a founding member of the team, and even at 61 years old, still proves to be a stalwart and even jovial ally on the battlefield. He's got a [[DropTheHammer giant ''rocket'' hammer]] and a suit of PoweredArmor, and can soak up as much damage as he dishes out.
15th Jun '16 12:34:13 AM Shaid
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* {{Overwatch}} has a couple:
** Soldier:76,
7th Jun '16 11:15:13 AM TheWanderer
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* Les Dillon, a Marine sergeant from a Creator/HarryTurtledove pair of novels where in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Japan invaded Hawaii rather than simply bombing it.

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* Les Dillon, Dillon is a Marine sergeant from a in the Creator/HarryTurtledove pair of ''Literature/DaysOfInfamy'' novels where who was a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran who is called back into action in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Japan invaded Hawaii rather than simply bombing it.and soon proves himself as the toughest [[SergeantRock Marine sergeant]] in the Pacific War.
7th Jun '16 9:08:52 AM Doug86
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* Les Dillon, a Marine sergeant from a Creator/HarryTurtledove pair of novels where in WorldWarII Japan invaded Hawaii rather than simply bombing it.

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* Les Dillon, a Marine sergeant from a Creator/HarryTurtledove pair of novels where in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Japan invaded Hawaii rather than simply bombing it.



* ''Series/ThePacific'': Sergeant Elmo "Gunny" Haney of the USMC. One of the leads, Eugene Sledge, wrote a book entitled, ''With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa''. Gunny '''*was*''' the old breed, having been in the service since [[WorldWarI the Great War]]. Victor Davis Hanson noted that he even had a name that sounded like a Marine's name.

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* ''Series/ThePacific'': Sergeant Elmo "Gunny" Haney of the USMC. One of the leads, Eugene Sledge, wrote a book entitled, ''With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa''. Gunny '''*was*''' the old breed, having been in the service since [[WorldWarI [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the Great War]]. Victor Davis Hanson noted that he even had a name that sounded like a Marine's name.



* ''BandOfBrothers''. During the final episode, "Points", Germany has surrendered and some of the now-disarmed German troops are being used in some minor roles in the Allied occupation. One such soldier, an old veteran, is assigned to man a checkpoint with Easy Company's Private Janovec. He happily talks about how he was in every country of Europe during the conflict. He then mentions that this is the end of his ''second'' war, meaning he had fought in WorldWarOne as well. Janovec is stunned and congratulates him on being able to survive ''both'' world wars.

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* ''BandOfBrothers''. During the final episode, "Points", Germany has surrendered and some of the now-disarmed German troops are being used in some minor roles in the Allied occupation. One such soldier, an old veteran, is assigned to man a checkpoint with Easy Company's Private Janovec. He happily talks about how he was in every country of Europe during the conflict. He then mentions that this is the end of his ''second'' war, meaning he had fought in WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as well. Janovec is stunned and congratulates him on being able to survive ''both'' world wars.



* The entire ''Heer'' (Army) leadership of [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons the Wehrmacht]] in WorldWarTwo. The average ''Heer'' NCO (one per ten-to-twenty men) was forty-something or older. The average ''Heer'' general (one per 2k-4k men) was in his fifties. For contrast, while the average Soviet NCO was also in his forties or late 30s, Soviet Generals were all in their forties as well. This was thanks partly to the purges and prewar expansion of the Red Army, but largely to wartime promotions.

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* The entire ''Heer'' (Army) leadership of [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons the Wehrmacht]] in WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The average ''Heer'' NCO (one per ten-to-twenty men) was forty-something or older. The average ''Heer'' general (one per 2k-4k men) was in his fifties. For contrast, while the average Soviet NCO was also in his forties or late 30s, Soviet Generals were all in their forties as well. This was thanks partly to the purges and prewar expansion of the Red Army, but largely to wartime promotions.
30th May '16 8:39:34 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** And Scavenger from ''[[TransformersArmada Armada]]''. The guy that trained Optimus.

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** And Scavenger from ''[[TransformersArmada ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]''. The guy that trained Optimus.
29th Mar '16 12:52:09 AM ANewEnigma
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* Samuel Whittlemore, the oldest man known to have participated in the American Revolutionary War. At the ripe old age of 80 he [[OneManArmy single-handedly ambushed]] a British brigade, [[BadassGrandpa shot and killed three redcoats]], was shot in the face, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill bayoneted 13 times]] and {{left for dead}} [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat in a pool of his own blood.]] He was found a short time later, [[MadeOfIron still alive]] and [[{{Determinator}} trying to reload his musket.]] The doctors said he had zero chance of survival. Even so, ''he recovered and lived another 18 years.''

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* Samuel Whittlemore, the oldest man known to have participated in the American Revolutionary War. At the ripe old age of 80 78 he [[OneManArmy single-handedly ambushed]] a British brigade, [[BadassGrandpa shot and killed three redcoats]], was shot in the face, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill bayoneted 13 times]] and {{left for dead}} [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat in a pool of his own blood.]] He was found a short time later, [[MadeOfIron still alive]] and [[{{Determinator}} trying to reload his musket.]] The doctors said he had zero chance of survival. Even so, ''he recovered and lived another 18 years.''
23rd Mar '16 9:17:07 AM Spitfire23
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*Don't forget the silver shield pikemen from the war of the successors. These men had followed Alexander the Great in his campaigns and continued fighting in the wars of his successors. They formed a unit that was undefeated in battle, the only reason they surrendered was when the rest of the army had been routed and their camp, which had their wives, children, and loot, were taken by an enemy army. Afterwards they were disbanded and sent two at a time on suicide missions that they never returned from.
29th Jan '16 9:27:01 AM zarpaulus
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* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': Sergeant Zim (no relation), and a few other veterans like Jelal probably qualify.

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* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': Sergeant Zim (no relation), and a few other veterans like Jelal probably qualify. It's also not uncommon for older men (such as Juan Rico's father) to enlist in the Mobile Infantry, those who make it through training are often fast-tracked.
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