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Veterans tour D.C. on Badger Honor Flight


October 11, 2018

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Bill Rettenmund, Richard Wood, and Dennis Wood traveled with the Badger Honor Flight to Washing D.C. on September 22. They toured various memorials around the city. Badger honor flights ensures that World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and terminally ill Veterans from any way have the opportunity to see the memorials that have been erected in their honor. Rettenmund first submitted his request last spring, and was selected to fly out this fall. He was accompanied by his sister, Sally Parish, and Richard and Dennis Wood. Rettenmund served in Vietnam from 1966-67, being drafted in 1965. He served as a helicopter mechanic and eventually a crew chief. Rettenmund was especially eager to see the memorial to pilots lost in the Vietnam War. Over 5,000 were lost-9% of the total fatalities. He toured the other memorials, including the Vietnam Memorial, which he had been to before. "It was quite an experience," he said. Reflecting on the World War II veterans, he said they were "the greatest generation." Rettenmund was treated to a police escort around Washington during his visit. Pictured: Richard Wood, Bill Rettenmund, Dennis Wood traveled with the Badger Honor Flight on September 22.

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