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"Never Forgotten Honor Flight" takes off

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MOSINEE (WAOW) -- It's been more than six decades since Gordan Rheinschmidt steered a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

"We went into the beach just before the troops and shot our rockets and searched the beach," said Gordon Rheinschmidt a Navy Veteran.

He recalls landing in the Philippines at the height of World War II, in the Invasion of Okinawa.

Rheinschmidt said he learned a lot from the experience, "We were trained to take orders and we took orders. I think that made us a better man for the rest of our lives."

Rheinschmidt was one of 90 veterans aboard the "Never Forgotten Honor Flight."

And he's sharing the memories of the past with his son.

"I just like to hear his stories, what he did,  I've heard them before. I've heard them from my Uncle and him, and it's just always pleasant to hear from him."

Like father like son, Bill Rheinschmidt served our country.

He was a member in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He said this was more than a one day trip for both of them, "It's just an honor to be with him and spend the day with him, see the sites of the memorials in D.C., and just to see his reaction."

At age 85, Gordon Rheinschmidt has the opportunity to reflect on a time in his life, and share it with others who served for their country.

Gordon Rheinschmidt said, "This is a memorial to an awful lot of men and I think it's very important to all of us."

Organizers of the "Never Forgotten Honor Flight" encourage people to stop by the Central Wisconsin Airport tonight around 9:30pm, to welcome the veterans back home.

World war II veterans pay nothing for the trip.  Instead their trips are completely funded by donations.  If you would like to donate, click here for more information.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

 Online Reporter: Christine Souders, Newsline 9

 

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