With all due honor

Review story and photos by Emmitt B. Feldner

Area veterans who took part in Saturday’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., gathered here Thursday in Plymouth’s Veterans Memorial Walk, included (front, left to right) Clare (Bud) Herr of Oostburg, Dawn Bartelt of Plymouth, Jack Henning of Sheboygan, Elroy Begalke of Sheboygan, Leo Nigh of Plymouth, (back row) Robert Janssen of Plymouth, Marlin Hudson of Sheboygan Falls, Robert DeLorme of Sheboygan, Ronald Hummitzsch of Kohler, Orville Pruitt of Sheboygan and Wesley Gosse of Sheboygan. On the cover, Janssen, Nigh and Gosse discuss their service during the Korean War. Below, students in Mary Vanderkin’s third-grade class at Fairview Elementary prepared posters for the Honor Flight Welcome Home ceremony Saturday night at General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee. The students learned about veterans and the many ways they served our country.

Submitted photo Submitted photo This means everything.”

That was how Kohler resident Ronald

Hummitzsch, a Navy veteran of the Korean War, summarized his feelings as he prepared to take an Honor Flight one-day trip to Washington, D.C., Saturday.

Hummitzsch was one of 14 World War II and Korean War veterans from Sheboygan County who flew out of Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport early Saturday morning for a whirlwind one-day tour of the nation’s capital that included visits to the World War II memorial; the Iwo Jima memorial; Arlington National Cemetery; the Lincoln, Korean War and Vietnam memorials; and a bus tour of D.C. - all in the space of about eight hours.

Hummitzsch, who spent 18 years as a Navy recruiter in Sheboygan and Green Bay, was accompanied by his son, as each of the veterans was accompanied by someone on the trip.

Korean War Army combat infantryman Robert Janssen of Plymouth – who proudly displayed his combat infantryman badge on his blue Honor Flight jacket – said he’s been to Washington before, but this time was anxious to see the World War II memorial.

While earlier Honor Flight trips have focused primarily on World War II veterans, the focus is shifting to the Korean War as WWII pass on. On Saturday’s flight, 12 of the 14 Sheboygan County participants were Korean vets.

One, Marlin Hudson of Sheboygan Falls, served in both World War II and Korea. He recalled serving as a motor messenger in World War II for Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and a run-in with the colorful Gen. George Patton, who told Hudson in “rather harsh language” to get moving.

As for the Honor Flight trip, Hudson said, “It’s beautiful. I’m honored and looking forward to it.”

Another World War II veteran, Dawn Bartelt of Plymouth, was one of only four women veterans on the flight. Bartelt was a Navy WAVE who served as a bookkeeper and storekeeper in Washington during the war.

Army veteran Wesley Gosse of Sheboygan recalled being in the infantry in Korea.

“I was on the front lines when the truce was signed,” he said.

Korean War veteran Orville Pruitt of Sheboygan was looking forward to the trip as, “Something I’ll really enjoy. This is nice recognition for all of us, the World War II vets especially. They got hit the hardest.”

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