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Honor flight for WWII vets will be a first

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on April 24, 2010 at 11:23 am with No Comments »
April 22, 2010 6:28 pm

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 
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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.

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