About twenty years later, at a birthday party in Chicago, I met a man who had done his military service following World War II and had served in that capacity as von Braun's bodyguard. I can't remember his name, so I'll just call him Mr. Cooper. Recall that after the war, the US
Cooper told us an interesting story about his interactions with von Braun. Mrs. von Braun evidently misunderstood Cooper's role -- she thought he was more of a valet or a personal servant. So one day she took Cooper aside and asked him, "Is Wernher treating you well?"
Cooper replied, "Oh, yes, he's very good to me, but I do have one problem. He keeps telling me these stories about how we're going to go to the Moon someday. I'm not a child anymore, so I wish he would stop telling me these children's stories about going to the Moon."
At this, Mrs. von Braun became very indignant, and she said (in a thick German accent), "If Werner says we are going to the Moon... then we are going to the Moon!"