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May 16, 2018 12:17 PM

World War II Vet Takes First Flight

A 92-year-old World War II Veteran gets his first plane ride thanks to Midwest Honor Flight. 

Alcester-native Harold Kleihauer had to be convinced to sign up for the special trip. Three weeks ago, the former Army medic had to move into a nursing home in Hawarden, Iowa. That's when medical coordinator Chris Van Beek decided he needed to be on this flight before it was too late.  She even presented him with a special pair of wings and a letter at the Sioux Falls Airport. 

"Your service and sacrifice does not go unnoticed. You are one of our treasured American heroes. I'm so happy you could join us on our Honor Flight today and you earned your wings," Van Beek said. 

The Veteran spent time in Korea during World War II following a 21-day boat ride to get there. While this is his first trip on a plane, his roommate at the nursing home gave him some solid advice to ease his nerves. 

"My first flight." Kleihauer said. "Once you get going in the air, you don't even know you're up there."

Luckily, Kleihauer and dozens of others made it to the nation's capital to enjoy the memorials built in their honor. Hear from three Korean War Veterans tonight on KELOLAND News at 5. 



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