My grandfather passed away this last year. He was a veteran of three wars (WW II, Korea & Vietnam). It was VERY rare to hear him talk about his war experiences. He regularly went to a reunion of survivors of the Chosin Reservoir, a horrific battle during the Korean War. Upon asking about it, he shared few details but did tell me he how the bitter cold from the weather they suffered through effected him for the rest of his life. I know he endured those days, and others like it, for his family, friends and country.
I just read another story of soldiers suffering through freezing conditions, although for an altogether different reason. They were among the best soldiers there empire had. They were not facing their counties enemies. The suffered willingly and could of ended the suffering at any time. In the end they froze for their faith. Could you?
Read the story here:
40 Martyrs of Sevaste – http://www.christianity.com/ChurchHistory/11629648/
Thanks John for making me search for this story.