WASHINGTON — On the first anniversary of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota’s inaugural flight, more than 100 World War II veterans from across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa were touring the memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., all thanks to the generosity of people here at home.
Pettengills excited to embark on Honor Flight today
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — It was nearly two years ago that Roscoe and Nadene Pettengill filled out the required paperwork and applied to go on Honor Flight, a program that sends America’s World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., free of charge to view the memorial built in their honor.
Pipestone veteran led class of 162 bombardiers in training
PIPESTONE — Imagine spending 22 months of your life in training for a skill you will never get to fully utilize in service to your country. It’s almost bittersweet — bitter knowing you were well trained and confident in the mission; and sweet because you know flying just one mission could have ended your life.
LUVERNE — Sixty-five years have passed since Gordon Tobiason boarded a ship to bring him back home after World War II had ended in the European Theater, and to this day the Rock County veteran still does not want to talk about the horrific sights of war.
Jackson man served aboard a wooden minesweeper in WWII
JACKSON — Don Nielsen graduated from Jackson High School in the spring of 1941, and by the end of that year, Japan had led an assault on America with the bombing at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to spark America’s involvement in the Second World War.
LUVERNE — Fantastic, real good, great and awesome.
Those were the words of World War II veterans reacting to the special presentation of the Pioneer Public Television documentary on the inaugural Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota Saturday morning at the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne.
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