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Four brothers travel to Washington, D.C. for the Honor Flight

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An exciting first for the "Never Forgotten Honor Flight" in our area.

Four brothers, who are all veterans traveled to the nation's capitol last week together. An opportunity they say they hadn't planned on.

It's the tale of four brothers.

Herbert, Eugene, John, and Jerry Dobbe. All four served in the navy, and all four were given the chance to travel to our nations capitol on the "Never Forgotten Honor Flight."

"When I first looked into it I just thought we would never do this even just Eugene and I just didn't think it would work out but than when it became available it was just beautiful, it came together, it just came together for us," said John Dobbe.

The Dobbe brothers have had a tight bond ever since birth, growing up just east of Rosholt.

"It's just something that is so special that the four of us can go together, mom would be so proud," said John.

The two oldest, Herbert and Eugene both fought in World War II. After came John and Jerry, Korean War Veterans.

"Several other people that were in service passed away I'm just thanking God that he let me see this honor flight," said Herbert Dobbe.

And now their dream is coming true. After a 2-hour trip, the nation's capitol welcomed the Dobbe brothers with open arms.

Then it was off to the World War II memorial. An experience hard to put into words.

"Their planes hit the water and forced the cockpit to come over the top and get jammed somehow and I watched them die that was the worst thing I could ever see in my life never want to see that again," said Herbert.

A painful wound of war, and now a memorial in their honor.  

"You never forget it but you put it out of your mind and it's away from your life," said Eugene.

And now it was John and Jerry's turn to face their past.

"A man I went to school with he was in one of my classes, I went to Paris Island he went to Korea and he was only there a few weeks and he was killed, I think about him, I couldn't repeat his name today at this part of my life, but I still think of him," said John.

"It's really beautiful it is," said Jerry.

A day of remembrance and courage. As the Dobbe brothers walked around the nation's capitol for the rest of the day holding back tears, but most importantly the way they like it, together.

"What a great country that we can do this, and this never forgotten, this Honor Flight and what they're doing people are gracious, they're gracious, they're compassionate,we're in a great country," said John.

A country that has a lot of history, just like the Dobbe brothers.

"If you can't love your family, who can you love," said John.

Both John and Jerry reside in Plover, and Herbert and Eugene live in the Milwaukee area.

The brothers say they will never forget this trip.

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