Oklahoma Honor Flight: What they said

Oklahoma veterans speak about World War II memories during their Oklahoma Honor Flight.
by Bryan Painter Published: October 16, 2011
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Here's what several Oklahoma veterans said when asked:

When they said you were going to Washington, D.C., what experience from World War II did you think about?”

Carrel Hall

Age: 89

Hometown: Tulsa

Military Branch: U.S. Navy

“I went overseas and I never made it to but one foreign port as long as I was in the Pacific and that was Manila. It had been liberated. We were in whites. One of the Philippine women was telling me and another boy, ‘We knew we had been liberated but whenever we saw you guys coming up the street in whites we knew it was over.'”

Glenn Pitts

Age: 86

Hometown: Miami, OK

Military Branch: U.S. Navy

“The ones you left over there are the ones you remember. Like Iwo Jima. You watch them bury that many people, you'll remember it the rest of your life. I'm on the funeral detail of the American Legion. The reason I'm on there is because I think of those guys that never got a burial. There's no glory in war. You don't get used to it.”

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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