A group of 10 Puget Sound area World War II veterans will get a free trip to Washington, D.C. next month to visit the National World War II Memorial – a special way for them to observe the 65th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.
The newly formed Freedom Fighters Honor Flight organization is taking members of the Army, Army Air Corps, Coast Guard and Navy. Among the group are South Sound residents Henry Smith of Spanaway (a former B-17 ball turret gunner) and Robert and Geneva Russell of Lacey (both Navy veterans). We hope to publish a full story about them in The News Tribune soon.
Some 150 additional veterans are on a waiting list to take an honor flight some other time.
It’s nice to see gestures like this to honor World War II vets – and great to see members of the “Greatest Generation” still able to make the trip. We had a story last month about a pair of local women who flew as WASP pilots.