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WWII Veteran sees memorial for the first time in D.C.Submitted: 10/18/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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WWII Veteran sees memorial for the first time in D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Most of the veterans on the 34th Never Forgotten Honor Flight served in Vietnam. But one veteran joined the service decades before they did.

"I wanted to do this before I became 100 years old," said Chester Lynn, who lives in Phelps.

Lynn got his wish and joined the Honor Flight at 95 years old.

"It means a lot," said Lynn. "It shows that the people do care."

Lynn was the only WWII veteran on the trip.

"I was 18 years old when I joined the service," said Lynn. "That was back in 1942."

He served in one of the Army's Cavalry units.

"Very fortunately we did not have the horses," said Lynn. "They mechanized us, and it was quite an experience."

Lynn got to share some of that experience with younger veterans on the trip.

"The same way as when I teach younger kids about Vietnam, I'm learning from him," said Larry Akerberg, who served in the Army during Vietnam.

Akerberg felt lucky to share a guardian with Lynn.

"Made me feel proud to be with somebody like him," said Akerberg.

Lynn was just glad to see Vietnam veterans getting the recognition they didn't have when their service ended.

"This trip showed me that they are honored," said Lynn.

The program also gave him a chance to see the monument that recognizes his service.

"I've seen pictures of it, but this is quite something," said Lynn.

Quite something, to memorialize one of the greatest journeys in Lynn's long life.

"Now, I'm just kind of taking it easy," said Lynn.

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