“It was a full day and just GREAT all around,” said Army veteran Roger Strack on Thursday morning after returning from Washington D.C. as part of the Old Glory Honor Flight.
Strack’s flight returned Wednesday evening at 8:20 p.m. to the Outagamie County Airport in Appleton.
“There was so much to see that there wasn’t one main thing,” said Strack. “There were people from everywhere shaking our hands.”
Strack’s story about his years in the Army was published this week at WashingtonCountyInsider.com
Strack submitted a number of photos in this gallery including his picture with high school buddy Gary Buetter.
“The weather was also on our side, with sunshine and high 50’s,” Strack said.
On Saturday the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight leaves from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.
Veterans highlighted at http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com include:
Korean War veteran Wally Daggett – “I enlisted in the Army Air Corp. when I was 19 years old,” said Daggett. “I had a good job working at the West Bend Company in development engineering but I went into the service and was shipped to Biloxi, Mississippi.”
The year was 1949 and Daggett was sent to airplane engine mechanic school for eight months.
A self-described “country kid who had average grades” Daggett ended up advancing through nearly a dozen schools learning everything about planes and engines.
Korean War veteran Don Richter – “I went to Camp Breckinridge in Kentucky for basic training and then to Fort Benning, Georgia,” Richter. “I enlisted as a paratrooper but did not complete jump school.”
Shipped to Korea, Richter was a corporal in the infantry. “I stayed on the 38th parallel and they had me on the front lines,” he said.
Involved in 150 patrols, Richter said he saw “plenty of action.