Only one WWII Veteran on latest Last Frontier Honor Flight
The inaugural Last Frontier Honor Flight in Alaska in 2013 was exclusively World War II veterans. Alaska veterans tour the Washington, D.C. area war memorials and other sites at no expense to them.
Last Frontier Honor Flight is a nonprofit and they collect donations so veterans don't have to worry about affording the trip. Alaska Airlines picks up the airfare for veterans.
Over the years, the program has seen fewer World War II veterans heading to our nation's capital. That is because those veterans are getting older and passing away. In fact, only one World War II veteran is on the current trip. He is 94-year-old Alex Pinkham from Anchorage.
Pinkham and 21 other Alaska veterans left Anchorage for Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. At the airport, Pinkham said he was part of a gun crew on cargo and troop transport ships in the South Pacific during the war.
"When Hitler surrendered they told me to go Marseille, France, pickup occupied troops to bring to the South Pacific," Pinkham said.
Pinkham, as well as Korean War and Vietnam War veterans from Alaska will arrive in the Washington, D.C. area on Wednesday. They will return home to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The public is invited to welcome the group back home.
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