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Your armchair statistics are off – the average age of a dead soldier in WWII was 26 years old, with the median age being in the early twenties. The children you see in that photo were *much* more likely to die in the war than the average population.
Edit: [Look here at Navy personnel](http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/ww2_statistics.htm) – I’d assume it’s pretty similar to the other military branches:
Estimated age distribution of enlisted personnel in World War II based on data as of 30 June 1945 was:
AGE GROUP PERCENT
Under 20 20.72
55 & Over 0.11
Then take into account that you’re much more likely to die if you’re younger given that you’re likely not an officer and likely not behind a desk.