To the Editor:
It’s hard to describe to anyone how great the Honor Flight experience was. It’s evident that there has been a lot of hard work and planning to pull off an event like this. I think that every veteran that served in World War II should take advantage of this trip.
I’ve heard of several guys right here in this area that won’t go. I think they’re missing the experience. At first, I hesitated — it was a long trip in one day. But it sure panned out.
In one way, I didn’t realize there was such a outpouring of thanks for our service. I had no idea.
When we first went into the service, we took the oath at a post office in Albany. Afterwards, this old gunner’s mate said, ‘If you want to get along in this man’s navy, keep your mouth shut and your bowels open.”
What a difference from Honor Flight then when we first went in. He wasn’t thanking us — he was ordering us!
Richard M. Olcott
Richard F. Olcott (Guardian)