Brothers, vets join Honor Flight trip|
|Two Langlade County natives likely slept in today.|
Robert Duchrow, who now lives in Rhinelander, and his brother, Marvin Duchrow, of Phlox joined other veterans and their families and friends to take the Honor Flight Monday on the grueling one-day tour of monuments, traveling from Central Wisconsin Airport at Mosinee to Washington, D.C. and then home just as the sun was setting later that day.
For a teenager it would have been a test of endurance, but for veterans who are a little older, the trip on the Honor Flight outing had to be exhausting.
Robert is a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy as a seaman from November, 1944 to February 1947. He was stationed at a naval supply depot in the Philippines.
Marvin served in the Korean Conflict during the early 1950s — both many years ago — and he was instrumental in convincing his older brother to go on this trip
He was in the 472nd Company B SCAWAF, a special category in the Army and Air Force, stationed in St. Nazaire, France. His mission was to construct barracks and air strips for the Korean effort.
Robert’s daughter, Lori Duchrow, initially was concerned that he did not want to go — he is 87 years old, and will be 88 in October. She added he is “pretty stubborn.”
But the family talked him into the trip, and she said before it all got going, he was getting excited.
Accompanying them as a guardian was Marvin’s daughter, Vicki Barke.
“She and I were at the banquet on Sunday evening at Howard Johnson in Wausau,” Lori said.
Monday morning at 5 a.m. they were on duty at the airport and returned home nearly 17 hours later at 9:30 p.m. And then there was the matter of getting home.
At the airport they were greeted by a veterans’ appreciation reception.
Their daughters and the Honor Flight personnel know the experience was rewarding and exciting. But those who went on the hectic one-day outing are pretty well exhausted today.
In the top photograph, Marvin Duchrow of Phlox and lower, his brother Robert of Rhinelander. Both veterans, they were on the Honor Flight Monday to Washington, D.C.
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