Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (SSHF) flew its 35th mission on Saturday, Sept. 17, when the We Energies Honor Flight took 88 local World War II and Korean War veterans from southeastern Wisconsin on a one-day free trip to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials.
The following South Shore residents were expected to participate: from Cudahy: Bennie Coda, World War II Army, and Dan Plauchniak, World war II Air Force; from St. Francis, Martin Melotik, Korean War Air Force; and from South Milwaukee, Dan Svoboda, Korean War Army.
We Energies, a longtime supporter of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, made a significant contribution toward the cost of the flight. “We Energies has supported this special program, the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, since it began in 2008, and we are especially proud to have sponsored (this) flight,” said Kevin Fletcher, President of We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service.
On board the MD80 aircraft were 24 veterans who served in WWII, 60 who served in the Korean War, and four terminally ill Vietnam War veterans. Among the veterans taking their Honor Flight was a WWII Marine Corps veteran who was with the first special forces unit in the South Pacific, a Korean War Air Force B-26 tailgunner who flew 52 missions, and a female WWII Marine.