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Honor Flight takes Bureau County veterans to Washington, D.C.

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:19 p.m. CDT
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Bruce Obenhaus displays the U.S. flag he was given on his recent Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol on the day he and four other Bureau County residents took the trip to visit several of the nation’s monuments and memorials. Obenhaus was presented with the flag and a certificate in honor of his service in the Korean War.
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One hundred and sixty-two veterans posed for a photograph during their Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Of those veterans, five of them were from Bureau County.

PRINCETON — On April 16, Honor Flights of the Quad Cities took five Bureau County Korean war veterans on flight No. 27.

The veterans included Richard Kapraun, Merle Moore, Pompeyo Florez, Donald Schwanke and Bruce Obenhaus.

The flight also included two guardians, Thomas Jagers and John Kapraun, both of Bureau County and Richard Frank of Putnam County.

The flight included a total of 162 passengers.

Obenhaus, who served in the Air Force from 1950-54, was available to retell his experience of the flight and trip to Washington, D.C. He said the flight took off at 7 a.m. and was just under two hours long. When the passengers landed, they were transported by bus to the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial and the National Air Museum.

While Obenhaus said it was not his first time visiting Washington D.C., the trip was still engaging. Except for the chilly wind that day in D.C., the experience was gratifying and being greeted by more than 1,500 people at the airport upon their return was compelling.

Aside from the trip, Obenhaus was also presented with a certificate and U.S. Flag, which was flown over the U.S. Capital on April 16, in honor of his service in the Korean War.

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