Capri Seniors Take to the Skies Once Again!
World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veterans who live in Capri Senior Communities will take off on dream flights in a 1940's Boeing Stearman - the airplane used to train military aviators in the late 30's and 40's. Each participant will take a 15 to 20 minute flight soaring 1,000 feet above the heads of the participants' friends, family, and neighbors.
Residents of Capri Senior Communities participating in the Ageless Aviation Dream Flight include the following:
Ken S. | Summit Woods | Waukesha, WI
Ken was 19 and just four months into mechanic school when he decided to enlist in the Air Force. He served as a wrecker driver, hauling big machinery and picking up broken down vehicles, from 1942-1945 and was sent to England then France, after D-Day.
Bob P. | Harbor Club - Harbor Campus | Port Washington, WI
Bob served as a Private First Class (PFC) in the Army during WWII. As bob recalls, he was married at 21 and drafted shortly after. He also had his first child within that same year. He said, "I was one of the fortunate ones that didn't go overseas." He said he learned a lot on the Army, including marching, pushing wheel barrows, learning how to fall, and putting together and taking apart his rifle blindfolded. "As far as serving in the war, just like most of the men, I didn't want to go, but for my country I went," said Bob. After the war he returned to his job at Schlitz Brewery where he was employed for 40 years. bob is excited to fly with the Ageless Aviation Dream Flight. "I'll take it, it sounds like fun! Tie me on the wing," he joked.
Darrell B. | Harbor Club - Harbor Campus | Port Washington, WI
Darrell served as a Seargent First Class in the Army during the Korean War. He enlisted as soon as he was able to. The Korean War began 12 days before his term was up. "At that point, they said 'Sit down, Darrell. You're not going anywhere,'" he remembers. Most of what Darrell did in the war was top secret, but he was happy to share that he met his wife, who was part of the Women's Army Corp (WAC), in the Army. He worked at Honda where his flight career began. A flight trainer wanted a deal on a Honda motorcycle so he gave Darrell flight lessons as a trade. He never owned his own plane, just rented. "I loved to fly. Just getting off the ground and riding through the sky," he said. "And, of course, it gets you there faster!"
Leo M. | Harbor Manor - Harbor Campus | Port Washington, WI
Leo Miller served as a WWII Army 8th Air Corps Air Force Radio Operator. He was with the Air Force for over 3 years and the infantry for half of a year. Leo had a few things to say about his time served and it is summed up with a myriad of feelings. When asked if he had anything to say about his time in the military, he said, "I was glad when I got out!" He went on to say, "I was lucky because half of the men that I was with in infantry training, that were in Europe on D-Day, never made it to shore." In spite of the sad memories that he recalled, Leo had something lighthearted to say. "I'm old... and I'm funny!" Leo is happy to just come along and visit with all of the other Military Men and Women for this Ageless Aviation journey, to share in stories, laughs, and remembrances, but is now thrilled and thankful to have the opportunity to fly!
Celestyn M. | Harbor Village - Harbor Campus | Port Washington, WI
Celestyn is a WWII veteran.
Roger M. | Palazzo del Maré - St. Catherine Commons | Kenosha, WI
Roger is a WWII and Korean Conflict veteran.
Mark N. | Casa del Maré - St. Catherine Commons | Kenosha, WI
Mark joined the Army in 1951 and served for two years: one year stateside and one year in Germany. While there he was trained as a medic and started working in a dispensary. "I became a pushup expert," he said. After he was discharged he returned to his wife Joyce and his job as a truck driver, which was a job he really enjoyed. He retired 45 years later.
Paul D. | Engel Haus - Gables of Germantown | Germantown, WI
Paul served in the Army from 1954-1956. He started his training at Fort Leonard Wood and finished on the Medical Unit in the 9th Infantry Division. His last training was in San Antonio, Texas, for medical training and then went to New Ulm, Germany. "The 9th Division served there until we were replaced with the 8th Division. I was then offered Sergeant rank and I said goodbye," he said.