Flying High After the Fourth of July
Seventeen Capri independent living, assisted living, and memory care residents have been selected to receive Dream Flights from the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF). This is the sixth year Capri residents have been given the opportunity to fly in a fully-restored Boeing Stearman biplane. Capri is a proud sponsor of The Spirit of Wisconsin, a newly restored plane embarking on its Dedication Tour. The Spirit of Wisconsin will be used for the flights this summer.
Eight Capri veterans will fly at Dane County Regional Airport on July 11th, 2019, and an additional eight will fly at Waukesha County Airport on July 12th, 2019. Finally, Michael S of The Chopin at Wilson Commons has been given the honor of taking his Dream Flight during the opening ceremony of the air show at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on July 26th, 2019!
Congratulations to all of our 2019 flyers! All are welcome to come support our veterans during these flights. Please note, flyer line-up may change. Check back before our Dream Flights to see the final listing.
Byron, age 90, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946-1948 during WWII. He was a Corporal assigned to the USS Huntington CL 107. "For me, [the service] was part of my growing up. I was happy to get the service I wanted. I enjoyed the training and friends." Byron was married to Evelyn in 1949 and has four children. He served a carpentry apprenticeship and worked at the trade until October 1962. He was then employed by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for the State of Wisconsin and retired in October 1989. "I'm looking forward to the flight. I've always had an interest in aircraft development before and after WWII."
Joe is 85-years-old and enlisted in the Army in 1952 where he served for three years during the Korean War. He was part of the Company E 110th Infantry Regiment from Fort Sheridan, IL. He earned the rank of Private-2 and was a light weapons infantryman. He received the National Defense Service Medal/Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). Joe was born and raised in Georgia. He has one daughter and enjoys fishing and being outdoors.
Terry, now 83, served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in France. He was a Quartermaster and a member of the Supply Unit. His favorite part of his service was taking treats, such as candy bars, to local village people. Terry grew up in St. Nazianz, WI. He was quarterback of the football team and homecoming king in high school. He has a Bachelor's and Masters Degree in Business Education; Terry has three children.
Jim is 72-years-old and served in the Army from 1966-1970 during the Vietnam War. He was a First Lieutenant and served overseas for one year and four months. He worked three jobs in high school so he could pay for his license, one of which involved cleaning bugs of planes (many were home-built) at the West Bend Airport. He has flown in many small planes and has even taken acrobatic lessons.
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OJ is 84-years-old and served in the Air Force from 1954-1958 during the Korean War. He was a Staff Sargent and Radar Repair Technician. His brothers Donald and Roland also served in the Korean War at the same time. After the service, OJ worked as a tool machinist at Falk for 31 years. He has two sons and two granddaughters.
Rod is a 93-year-old Air Force veteran who served during WWII. He grew up on a farm and started school young, graduating high school at 16. He wanted to join the service, but due to his age he could only join the Reserves. Rod began as an Air Cadet in the USAAF, training to pilot a B17. With the war winding down, though, he was told they needed bombardiers and navigators instead of pilots. Though disappointed, Rod thought that was his only option. In the end, he was offered to train to be a cryptographer or be discharged home with the proviso that he could be recalled until he was 26. All 40 of the men in his squad chose to go home - Rod had to hitchhike! He earned a degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a CPA. He married his lovely wife Dottie and has three children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Rod's son's sister-in-law is 2 Star Major General Suzanne "Zan" Vautrinot (USAF, retired). He would also like to acknowledge his now deceased brother who was a Ranger, injured three times on D-Day at Omaha Beach.
Pete is 82-years-old and served in the Navy from 1959-1960. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Chemistry and enlisted in the Navy during peacetime. He had three tours in the Mediterranean and one above the Arctic Circle. As a Petty Officer 3rd, he operated a large computer (15ft x 8ft x 17ft) directing his destroyer's guns. On one of his tours, the destroyer was backing into a dock. Pete could see the ship getting too close to a stone retaining wall and, fearing a collision that might send him into the water, got out in a hurry. Fortunately, the crew realized the danger, corrected course, and only scraped the wall.
He married his wife Carol in 1962; they have two children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. His daughter also served in the Navy for 11 years. "I think flying in a biplane would be fun and interesting," said Pete. "I have skydived six times, so I'm sure I'll enjoy the new perspective."
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George, age 92, served in the US Navy during WWII. He was a Seaman 1st class. George previously took the Honor Flight from Clearwater, Florida, to Washington, D.C.
Bill served in the Asiatic Pacific - American Area and earned the WWII Victory Medal along with other medals. He was in the Marianas and was one of the first Americans to set foot on Japanese soil immediately following the surrender. He then served during the Korean conflict. His ranks included a Storekeeper Second Class (Petty Officer), Naval Reserve, and Storekeep er G Second Class (Petty Officer) V-6 USNR. In his post-military life, he worked as a brewmaster at Miller Brewery until 1981 and worked in the Pro Shop of the Silver Spring Country Club for 25 years after retiring. He has four daughters, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
His picture was taken in August 1944 at the Great Lakes Naval Academy. His father enlisted on July 15th, 1944.
Evelyn, 93, worked as a secretary for the US Navy in Washington, D.C., following her high school graduation. Her department was part of the Congressional Liaison which dealt with the Navy and Marines and their 201 files. She was the go-between for parents writing their Congressmen or Senators on behalf of their sons on active duty. This meant almost daily trips to the West Wing of the White House to deliver correspondence. Evelyn's boss, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, was present at the signing of the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. Evelyn spent two and a half years working for the Naval Department and met her husband Karl, a Navy man, during this time. They have three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She is honored to be with these veterans today and is looking forward to her flight.
Les, age 87, served in the Army as a Corporal from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. He received a draft notice, but was already in the Army Reserve. He was a clerk typist at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. "I went home on a weekend pass to get married to my high school sweetheart," he said. "We've been married for 66 and a half years and we have three children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren." After the service, Les worked for the U.S. Post Office for 32 years - 22 years as a letter carrier and 10 years as a mail superintendent. He took the Honor Flight two years ago.
Dale was in the Air Force for four years. He had six months of electrical training and was asked to be an instructor in the aircraft electronics division. He really enjoyed working on and in aircrafts. "It's been a very long time since I have flown on a military plane," said Dale. He is married to Jan and they have three daughters. Dale has two bachelor's degrees: one in agriculture and one in biology. He was a teacher for 32 years and loved the opportunity to help his students learn and grow.
Dick served in the Air Force for four years. He worked in intelligence in the Korean War and won the Korean War Medal for good conduct. "I was overseas twice in Iwo Jima and Japan," he said. "A memorable moment was coming home alive." Dick has four children, was a bar owner, and a shoe store owner. He loves to have fun dancing, and was a member of a dance club for ten years.
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Jim spent three years in the Air Force band playing saxophone during the Korean War. Even though he was technically in the Air Force, he only flew in a plane three times. "I remember playing the last graduation ceremony ever held at the base in Selma, Alabama," said Jim. "I also remember there was a French pilot at my base landing a plane with only one wheel. It was the most graceful plane landing I've ever seen. It only cost us $75 to fix the undercarriage of the plane!"
Jim began playing the saxophone in 9th grade. He did not receive any awards while in the service, but won First Division for band three years in a row in high school. He was also first chair all four years of college at Baylor University.
Michael served from March 1944 until April 1946 in the U.S. Navy as part of the Seabees in WWII. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor for nine months, had a three day shore patrol duty in Honolulu, and was a Seabee Camp Gate Guard in Mauna Loa. Michael was also stationed in the Philippine Islands for nine months, receiving a Victory Medal Ribbon and a Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He served during the Korean War (1954-1954) and participated in two Operation Deep Freezes in Antarctica. Michael teased us with the promise of a good story to tell!