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Father shares WWII honor flight with son


WASHINGTON D.C. (KWWL)-- As one World War II veteran put it, 'taking an Honor Flight is truly a sentimental journey'. Tuesday, 89 veterans and their guardians travel to D.C. for the trip of a lifetime. Lauren Squires caught up with a father and son who experienced history together.

George Capps of Potosi, Wisconsin served in World War II from 1943-1947.

"I graduated from high school in 1943 and about 18 days before I got drafted I volunteered for the Navy," Capps said.

Tuesday afternoon, those years of served were honored, as he joined 88 other WWIII veterans in Washington D.C for the second Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque. As he stepped on the site of a memorial built in his honor, the memories started to flow.

"We picked up serviceman on the U.S.S Indianapolis, that sunk," Capps said.

But while the memories came back, Capps was creating another, with his son Gary.

"To be able to come here with him and spend this time with him. Because he keeps telling me he's isn't gonna be around much longer. To see a part of history with him kinda of gives you goose bumps," Capps said.

As the two stood by the Central Pacific Pond, George recalled serving in every single city and had a story to follow.

"Went down there to Panama Canal, up through San Diego, Guam and I was right at the tail end of the Battle of Philippines," Capps said.

As if the experience wasn't overwhelming enough, a stranger came up to thank him for his service. And the stories continued.

Now this experience, shared with a son, is a piece of his story.

"Probably one of the highlights of my life," he said.

And the story of so many like him, who scarified their lives for our freedom.

"To know that he fought for us and all these other people; fought for us to give us our freedom," Gary Capps said.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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