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World War II vets enjoy memorial with Honor Flight to Washington

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By Mitchell Armentrout

Ninety-five World War II veterans from the Chicago area flew to Washington D.C. to visit the National World War II Memorial on Wednesday.

The trip was hosted by Honor Flight Chicago, a nonprofit that coordinates the trips at no cost to the veterans.

The group boarded early at Midway Airport for a busy day that included visits to the Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam War and World War II memorials, in addition to the National Air and Space Museum.

They returned to Chicago around 9 p.m. to a welcome celebration that included the Illinois U.S.O. and the Midway Fire Department Bagpipers.

Honor Flight Chicago has nine more trips planned for the year. Veterans are encouraged to apply to take part by visiting, or by calling (773) 227-8387.

Here are the area World War II veterans who were on the Honor Flight:

Joseph Kujawa, Addison

Arnold Rusten, Arlington Heights

Frank Schroeder, Arlington Heights

Joseph Brooks, Aurora

John Conway, Des Plaines

Robert Kirby, Downers Grove

Wallace Kurtz, Downers Grove

Theodore Arey, Elmhurst

Stanley Bartecki Jr., Elmhurst

Joseph Nemanich, Fox Lake

Robert Sasman, Geneva

David Albert, Glen Ellyn

Edward Jage, Glen Ellyn

Robert Dillon, Grayslake

Leonard Adler, Highland Park

Richard Andrew, Hoffman Estates

Joseph Gross, Indian Head park

Richard Kinneman, Lake Barrington

George Kaiser, Lake Forest

Walter Burtan, Lake in the Hills

Robert Wallace, Lake Zurich

Franklyn Nipper, Lisle

Daniel Obriot, McHenry

Robert Tobiaski, McHenry

Robert Roelle, Mundelein

Walter Lambert, Naperville

Floyd Hoffman, North Aurora

Allan Walters, Palatine

Fred Turek Jr., Plainfield

Rudolf Balek, Rolling Meadows

William McCaffrey, Roselle

Angelo Regopoulos, South Barrington

William Springer, Vernon Hills

James Thoma, Villa Park

George Hazdra, Warrenville

Charles Mahan, West Chicago

John Kiser, Westmont

George Fyock, Wheaton

John Oldenburger, Wheaton

David Olson, Wheaton

Charles Schoenherr, Wheaton

Joseph Buttice, Wooddale

Jean Scheve, Zion

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