Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

September 19, 2013

HONOR FLIGHTS: 4 Claremore veterans visit D.C. memorials

CLAREMORE —

Four World War II veterans from Claremore will participate in a one-day trip to Washington D.C. Veterans will have the opportunity to visit the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial and other sites.
Hallie Adamson, Howard Elliott, Tommie Harvey and Walter Marlin are among 83 Oklahoma veterans who received a free trip provided by Oklahoma Honor Flights, a hub of the national Honor Flight Network. This will be the 15th flight from Oklahoma and the fifth from Tulsa.
Adamson is the second oldest veteran in this year’s trip, he will be 95-years-old in December. Adamson fought in the Philippines as a rifleman for the U.S. Army during WWII. He said for him, the trip represents patriotism and provides a time to remember all who have fought for freedom. 
After some recent health issues, doctors were not sure if Adamson would be well enough to make the flight, however, days before take off they gave him the “OK.”
“He kept asking if (his son) Kevin was ready. I said yes he’s ready, and he was so excited,” said Adamson’s daughter Shelia Burnett. “His health is good. I’m glad both of them will be able to share this moment together.”
Marlin said he has been to the Arlington National Cemetary and the Smithsonian, but to see all of the sites at once is something extra special.
After spending the day in Washington D.C., Marlin plans to visit his grandchildren in Virginia for a few days, before flying back. 
“I haven’t seen my grandchildren in a long time, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I feel great.”
Marlin entered the military following WWII. He worked in communications for the Army while stationed in Ft. Smith, Ark. and El Paso, Texas. 

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