Veterans' Stories​

2019 Flight Schedule​

September 7 - Mission #98 - The tentative roster includes veterans who

- were awarded the Purple Heart (11 veterans, including one who received 2)

- worked guns on the USS Yorktown

- was a member of the 82nd Airborne Band

- served with JAG, Pentagon and Kingdom of Morocco

- was a Loadmaster on C-119, 434th Troop Carrier Wing

- served in navigation, battleship USS Missouri BB-63

- worked in crypto room, Alaska, Scott AFB, Warren AFB

​- served in a K-9 section

- was a data processing equipment operator

- served on PT boats

​- was a Chaplain Assistant, 1st Infantry Division

​- served on battleship USS New Jersey BB-62

​- was Company Commander radio operator TAC commo chief

​- patrolled the Atlantic and Mediterranean on the USS Beatty DD-756

- served with Combat Engineers; built fighting positions, fortifications, cleared jungle, etc.

- was Fire Team Leader in an Infantry squad

- served in military intelligence

- was a mechanic, scheduled inspections of B-29 bomber engines

- worked on the flight deck, USS Midway CVA-41

- was a 5 ton wrecker operator, HHC 39th Eng Batt

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 #102 -- 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
WWII42236


17
Korea20841033


75
WWII & Korea








WWII & Korea & Vietnam
11




2
Korea & Vietnam6


2


8
Vietnam85105867753


406
Cold War: Gap WWII-KO









Cold War: Gap KO-VN




2


2
Other Era & TLC









Total115116939096


510

                                                                                                                                                                                         ^                                                                      

^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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