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A Henderson County (NC) WWII veteran runs a gauntlet of appreciative applause at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after his visit to the National WWII Memorial on Sep 24th, 2006.  The two complimentary trips for about 200 Henderson County vets that weekend was arranged by "HonorAir".  (See www.honorair.com)
Former Marine and Hendersonville, NC resident Bob Cheadle (left) and another WWII veteran from Hendersonville await a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Sep 24th, 2006.
A Henderson County (NC) "HonorAir" WWII vet is in a good mood after having seen the National WWII Memorial, courtesy of many of the businesses and residents back home in Hendersonville.  (See www.honorair.com)
Laurel Park, NC resident and former Army nurse Marian Hines (in red sweater) relates some of her WWII experiences to acquaintances just outside of the Pacific Pavilion of the National World War II Memorial on Sep 24th, 2006.  Marian was awarded the Bronze Star after her action in the Philippines when she landed there five days after MacArthur's return.  She was married to Manley S. Hines, who was a photo reconnaissance P-38 pilot in Europe.
Recording some of the stories from "The Big One" while there is yet time.  Taken during a visit of about 200 Henderson County (NC) WWII vets to see their World War II Memorial in Washington via the "HonorAir" flights.  (See www.honorair.com)
A WWII vet from Hendersonville, NC enjoys seeing the National WWII Memorial for the first time, thanks to an "HonorAir" flight.  (Sep 24th, 2006)  http://www.honorair.com
Bill Francis, Henderson County (NC) resident and Army Air Corps veteran of the 8th Air Force, stands proudly inside of the National WWII Memorial in front of General Eisenhower's famous pre-D-Day "great crusade" message to the troops etched in the marble behind.
Two "HonorAir" WWII vets from Hendersonville, NC, strolling inside their National Memorial and discussing memories from the war.  http://www.honorair.com
Entrance to the National World War II Memorial.  Sep 24th, 2006.
A former 29th Infantry Division vet, visiting his WWII Memorial from Hendersonville, NC, via one of the "HonorAir" flights.
"I forgot how thin it was."  Lt Col (Ret) Edward "Red" Weir taps on the inside of the fuselage of the B-24 while moving forward before entering the aft end of the bomb bay.
U. S. Air Force Lt Col (Ret) Edward "Red" Weir" points to his old squadron designation - the 409th Bombardment Squadron of the 93rd Bombardment Group - just behind the starboard side bomb bay doors of the B-24 where the sponsor groups are stenciled on.  Ed was a B-24 navigator based in England and North Africa and had 25 combat missions, the last one over the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.  My second book is about Lt Col Weir's wartime experiences, based on his 1942-43 war journal; it's entitled "Down To Two Feet Altitude."  Link to article about the book:  http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/dws/drc/localnews/stories/DRC_WWII_book_0502.bceaf557.html
Nose art of the B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo".  No wonder the crews got so attached to their ships.
USNTC BAINBRIDGE Street Scene.
USNTC BAINBRIDGE MD - Radioman "A" School and Yeoman School
A Henderson County (NC) WWII veteran runs a gauntlet of appreciative applause at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after his visit to the National WWII Memorial on Sep 24th, 2006. The two complimentary trips for about 200 Henderson County vets that weekend was arranged by "HonorAir". (See http://www.honorair.com)

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A Henderson County (NC) WWII veteran runs a gauntlet of appreciative applause at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after his visit to the National WWII Memorial on Sep 24th, 2006.  The two complimentary trips for about 200 Henderson County vets that weekend was arranged by "HonorAir".  (See www.honorair.com)
A Henderson County (NC) WWII veteran runs a gauntlet of appreciative applause at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after his visit to the National WWII Memorial on Sep 24th, 2006. The two complimentary trips for about 200 Henderson County vets that weekend was arranged by "HonorAir". (See http://www.honorair.com)

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