Korean War vets gather at Union Station to take a virtual tour of Washington, D.C.

Jim Cunningham
October 26, 2018 - 5:20 am

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Kansas City, MO - A group of Korean War veterans are in Kansas City to experience the nation's capitol.

Unable to take an Honor Flight trip to Washington DC, members of the 728th Army Military Police Battalion will get a virtual tour called a Flightless Honor Flight here in Kansas City.

The public is invited to "welcome them home" at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday outside the parking garage at Union Station.

"We'll have a virtual tour of Washington DC," said Kathy Irvine, Honor Flight board member. "We made a movie of one of our flights. We've got one of our employees from Grantham who will narrate the movie, and explain to the vets exactly what they're seeing."

After the virtual honor flight, the unit will travel by bus to the World War One Museum.

Harry Watts, 86, who lives in Girard, Kansas, organized the reunion. "I was on the first flight they had, a flightless one, out at Union Station, and I'll never forget it," Watts said.

Watts was drafted and served in Korea in 1954 and 1955. He was badly burned and sent home. Watts says it's been a while since his unit got together. 

"When we started out, I think we had a little over a hundred, back in, I think, '94," Watts said. "Now we're down to 14, but we're still hanging in there."

Pictured below is a group from 2016 that had a similar experience with Honor Flight.

 

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