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WWII engineer visits D.C. Memorial

By Lee Marshall - bio|email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Honor Flight is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for the greatest generation. In this report WAFF 48 News introduces you to a veteran who served as an engineer in World War II.

They are members of the greatest generation, those who served in World War II.

Living history is preserved and honored through Honor Flight.

A mother brought her two young children, Emmy Joe and Colton, to see off WWII Veteran Walter Brooks of Athens as he went on Honor Flight.

"I grew up as a very close family friend, neighbor since I was a little bitty girl, and Walter was always around kinda like a grandfather around, so I had to come see him,
said Emmy Joe and Colton's mother.

Mr. Brooks said it meant everything to know they took their time to come see him off and let him pass along some history.

"It's great," said Mr. Brooks who served as an engineer in WWII. He wore a lot of hats during his 4 years of service.

"Truck driver, tractor driver, whatever the company needed. Eventually I transferred to the infantry.I was in the pacific in Europe,' said Mr. Brooks. "Oh it (the WWII Memorial) was fantastic! I never dreamed it would look like that. It was really nice!"

It was a day that Mr. Brooks and Emmy Jo and Colton will never forget.  

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