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WWII Veterans share memories with young guardians

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All of the World War II veterans traveling on Tuesday's Honor Flight have a memory to share.

"My weapon of choice they assigned to me was 845 grease gun. You would climb a pole with a grease gun, that long," WWII veteran Harry Hamilton said.

And while the veterans are sharing their stories, the guardians traveling with them are listening and learning.

"I'm having a great time. I guess I couldn't get along without her," veteran Norman Johnson said of his granddaughter Alisha Wignall.

"A lot of grandchildren don't get to do this all the time so it's definitely going to make a lot of memories and I can tell my kids about this. It's really special," Wignall said.

Johnson has never been to the nation's capital, but hopes this trip will be a great opportunity not only for him, but his granddaughter as well.

"Arlington Cemetery - I got a couple friends buried there. I don't know if I will see them. It's a big cemetery. Probably won't see it, but I would like to see that," Johnson said.

For veteran Harry Hamilton he is taking this trip with someone he doesn't even know.

"He is really nice. He talks a lot," said Hamilton's guardian Olivia Callaway.

In fact, Callaway is the youngest guardian ever to go on an Iowa Honor Flight at the age of 14.

"I just think it would be cool to see how emotional it is and see what it meant to them because I actually have no idea," Callaway said.

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