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The Big Sky Honor Flight is a Whirlwind Tour

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77 World War II veterans were on board the ninth and final Big Sky Honor Flight. Among them were a father and son with a special bond. They Served Together In The Vietnam War, and The father, who was the first Korean-American In US Naval history to become a Chief Mate, served in three wars.

The Big Sky Honor Flight is a whirlwind tour. For two days Veterans, and volunteers go from site to site in Washington DC, with little time to spare.

"From The World War II Memorial To The Washington Monument, This Is A Place For Veterans To Unite and Also A Place For Them To Gain Some Closure."

"I Enlisted In Pearl Harbor. I Watched Arizona Burn For Three Days And Three Nights. I Had My Family There. I Shed Tears For Them. I Made A Personal Vow I Am Old Enough, I Am Going To Go In."

Mr. Kim spent 24 years in The Navy and it wasn't easy. There were rules beyond his control. "My Heritage. I'm Korean. School Was Under Japanese Rule. Mandatory That We Go To Japanese School And Learn The Japanese Language And We Had To Salute Emperor Hirohito." And There Was Suffering. "I’ve Been A Guinea Pig For Nuclear Testing. I Was Sick For Three Days."

But there is an immense pride. Mr. Kim served with his son Wayne in his third, and last Tour Of Duty in The Vietnam War. "Its Always Been An Honor To Be His Son. But To Serve With Him Is Something Special."

They are a father-son team who were able to find their way through the indescribably horrible moments of war. "Guarded, Guarded. As A Vietnam Veteran Any Welcoming, Handshaking, Greetings Are Foreign." They Made This Journey -- Together -- To The Monuments Honoring Their Service. "So Here I Am, Paying Respect To All My Deceased Comrades In Arlington Cemetery." Mr. Kim got a Hero's Welcome from hundreds of people who don't all know what he did. His service is enough to gain their respect.

Chief Photographer Levi Adams worked with me on this story. Mr. Kim lives in Helena and Wayne Kim lives in California. Both Men called The 9th Big Sky Honor Flight an extremely emotional and beautiful trip.

Tomorrow, we will feature the volunteers who made all nine Big Sky Honor Flights a reality for 755 Montana veterans.

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