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WWII women travel to D.C. for Honor Flight

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WASHINGTON D.C. (KWWL) -- 89 World War II veterans have a brand new set of memories after traveling to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight. Tuesday, October 19th was the second trip for the Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque, and you can't go long without hearing so many stories of those who sacrificed for our freedom. But there was a group on the flight whose service may not have been on the front lines but whose impact was just as important.

They say behind every great man, there's a great woman. But Tuesday, standing next to 86 great men, were three great women.

One was a nurse.

"We got them right off the field when they got injured. They flew them to the quad cities and we'd take care of them," said Frances Kringle.

One, a clerk.

"I was in post headquarters doing clerking type work," Marilyn Hallenbeck said.

And one, in naval intelligence.

Working alongside thousands of men, these three women served in World War II.

"They were so anxious get home, the boys," Kringle said.

And while humble about their job, saying the men were on the front lines of our freedom:

"So many of the woman who were the nurses took the brunt," Hallenbeck said.

Alongside every man, this time in Washington D.C., these woman were honored for their service like never before.

"I was overwhelmed. Nothing could be more organized or nice. It really made us feel special," Hallenbeck said.

"That was a tear jerker. I didn't expect that," Heller said.

"I've never gotten a welcome home like that," Kringle said.

And for them, stepping onto the site of the World War II Memorial was like stepping back in time. Joining together and remembering great man and woman of the Greatest Generation.

"My husband served. I just wish he was here to see it," Hallenbeck said.

"It's just unbelievable. I just can't believe it," Kringle said.

The Veterans returned to Dubuque Tuesday night around 10:30 P.M. and were greeted by a large crowd of supporters.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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