Husband and wife veterans take Last Frontier Honor Flight trip
A pair of married Vietnam War veterans is revisiting their time serving in the conflict, more than 50 years later. Ronald and Teresa Cain are currently on a Last Frontier Honor Flight trip, visiting war memorials and landmarks around Washington, D.C.
Ronald, from Eagle River, didn't get to spend a lot of time with his wife after they were married in 1961 because just a couple months later, he traveled to Korea to train Korean soldiers on Army equipment.
His military service continued in Vietnam where he served as a helicopter crew chief and door gunner.
Ronald says he served from 1967 to 1968, which included involvement in the Tet Offensive, a series of surprise attacks by the Viet Cong on several south Vietnamese communities.
"We got overrun, so that was kind of bad. Of course I lost some friends and stuff, but I was fortunate to come home," said Ronald.
That was part of his first tour of duty in Vietnam.
"Two years later I got orders to go back again. Did virtually the same thing, but then I had gained a little more rank and so I was platoon sergeant," said Ronald.
Theresa served in the Army as well. From 1958 to 1962 she was a medic in the Lower 48. The couple had three children when Ronald did his second tour of duty in Vietnam.
"You worry, but you got children. You got to keep stability in the family and not let the kids see how scared you were and everything, but we made it," said Theresa.
During the Last Frontier Honor Flight, Alaska veterans tour war memorials, monuments and museums. Donations cover the costs for veterans.
One place the couple visited was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. Theresa called it a "touching and sad" moment for them. Both say they're grateful to be on the trip.
"Well because of what it represents and what people have gone through to get to where they're at today," said Ronald.
"It's a real honor to go," said Theresa.
The couple, along with about 20 other honor flight veterans, returns to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Saturday afternoon. The public is invited to welcome them; people are asked to arrive around 1:30.
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