Decatur man looks forward to Honor Flight

By Bobby Shuttleworth
WAFF 48 News Reporter

Veteran Billy Waterson says he's anxious to go to our nation's capital to see the monument for "his" war, "Just a world of history. It's just they tell us it's really a site to behold, and I'm really looking forward to it."

Waterson served in the Navy, "I was in there from '43 to 46. I was an aviation machinist 3rd class."

He says he spent his time in Pensacola Florida., "My brother was on a ship and he got wounded, and I think that's the reason I didn't have to go to sea, because of the Sullivan law."

Service runs in the family. His dad was a World War I vet. He says his call to duty was in part because of his older brother, "I joined before I was 18 and I already had a brother in and I wanted to go too."

He gets emotional while the memories of a young teenager missing his first holiday come flooding back.

Billy Waterson: "The worst part of it was when I first got there, before thanksgiving and I couldn't be home."