Veterans' Stories​

2019 Flight Schedule​

May 18 - Mission #96 - The roster included veterans who

- were awarded the Purple Heart

- transported Marines on LCVP landing craft

- was a Dental Tech

- served on LCU 1624 USS Clarke

- was an Door Gunner and helicopter mechanic

- served on Guam and in Alaska, B-47 bomber

- was a boiler tech, USS Diamond Head

​- served in a 50-bed casualty ward

- was a Medic in a POW hospital

- served with the Army Security Agency in Pleiku, Nha Trang, and Panama

​- was an Army Depot shipping clerk, Cam Ranh Bay

​- served with USAF security police base protection

​- was with Border Patrol in Germany

​- served SKorea, Guam, and Greenland as Mechanic Engineer

- was mortar carrier driver

- worked in mortuary, Saigon, DaNang

- did non-Morse intercept for USAF Security Service

- served in Vietnam with 25th Infantry Division, Military Police

- was flight deck electrician and did other electrical work on AH-16 USS Repose (hospital ship), DaNang

June 8 - Mission #97 - The roster includes veterans who

were awarded the Purple Heart (2 veterans)

- served on theater commander staff, occupation of Germany

- was Crew Chief on B-47 bomber, 509th Bomb Wing, in England, Spain, and Okinawa

- served on the Kit Carson Scout Team

- was a Battalion surgeon 1/61 5th Mech Inf Div; Post Surgeon, Phu Lam Signal Battalion, Saigon

- served with 169th Engineers 20th Eng Brigade - ran heavy equipment, built bridges

- was a B-52 bomber pilot

​- served as forward observer, 101st Airborne, Firebase Rakasan

- patrolled the DMZ in Korea 

- was a Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant

- served in Thailand as crew chief on F-4C Phantom jet

​- was Cavalry platoon leader, Squadron Staff Officer S-5

​- flew "The Hump" (valley through the Himalayan Mtns) to China and flew South into Burma dropping food to Gen Stillwell's troops

- served on cargo ship Artemis - quartermaster, Bikini Atoll Atomic testing "atomic veteran"

​- was security escort for communist ships through the Panama Canal

- served with 8th Air Force headquarters command

- was a translator in Germany

- served at Chu Lai, band member, 1st Marine Division

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-- Earlier Flights --

May 18 - Mission #96 -- Sponsored by Vance Outdoors

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November 9 - Mission #101 -- Sponsored by Nationwide

Southwest Airlines Flight 8228 - Scheduled Arrival 9:15pm
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September 7 - Mission #98 -- Sponsored by the Westerville Community

Southwest Airlines Flight 8228 - Scheduled Arrival 9:15pm

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April 27 - Mission #95 -- Sponsored by the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, Gahanna Lincoln High School, and donations from grateful Americans

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October 19 - Mission #100-1 and 100-2 - Sponsored by the Davis Foundation and Grateful Americans

Southwest Airlines Flight 8228 - Scheduled Arrival 9:15pm
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American Airlines Flight 9472 - Scheduled Arrival 9:00pm

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All flights are on Southwest Charter 737  or American A321 aircraft from John Glenn Columbus International Airport  

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​​2019 Flight Statistics


04/0904/2705/1806/0809/0709/28
10/1911/09YTD
WWII4223



11
Korea208410



42
WWII & Korea








WWII & Korea & Vietnam
11




2
Korea & Vietnam6






6
Vietnam851058677



353
Other Era & TLC









Total1151169390



414

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^Counts in red are preliminary, subject to change, and are not included in YTD totals^


Honor Flight Columbus has taken 5,912 Senior Veterans to Washington through 2018

Flight Partners

Our senior veterans served in a variety of ways, and each has a unique story to tell. We've listed several here.

Flight Partners

-- Future Flights --

June 8 - Mission #97 -- Sponsored by the All Life Foundation​​
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April 9 - Mission #94 -- [Tuesday] Sponsored by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) Community Fund and donations from grateful Americans

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September 28 - Mission #99 -- Sponsored by Abbott Laboratories

Southwest Airlines Flight 8228 - Scheduled Arrival 9:15pm
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