Veteran of three wars going on Honor Flight Tuesday

Posted on 11 November 2019 at 11:13pm

PARIS, Mo. — A veteran of three wars is one of 108 mid- Missouri veterans who are visiting their memorials in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

Harold Klingaman, 93, is a retired senior master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He served during three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Klingman said the public's reaction to his service has changed over the years.

"There’s a lot different attitude towards the veterans now than it was after World War II," he explained. "After World War II, we was in the way."

The Honor Flight will take more than 100 veterans who served during the Korean War, Vietnam War and World War II to see their war memorials in D.C. 

"I think it’ll be great," Klingaman said. "Oh, I think it’ll be good. Fun, ya know?"

The list of memorials includes: WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Marine Corps Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Women in Military Service Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, according to a Central Missouri Honor Flight news release.

Veterans will return to Columbia Tuesday night at 9:30 at Courtyard by Marriott on Lemone Industrial Boulevard.  

Organizers said the next flight, which will take off next spring, is not scheduled, but veterans can start applying now

The flight is free-of-charge.