Except for being tall enough to put his arm over that young man's shoulder, the older gentleman could have been Ross Perot!
A long time ago, when soldiering was much less popular, and socially acceptible, Perot rented the entire top floor of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, in San Francisco, to throw a little party for some friends, most of whom he'd never met.
But, for all the guys coming back from Son Tay, notwithstanding it was a less than successful mission, due to unforseen changes, that little guy stood at least TEN FEET TALL.
That was a long time ago, but it seems the spirit of this nation remains.
Bless that old guy, and all who serve. We would not have this board, or, likely, much else, but for them
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry