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St. Joseph Veteran Ready for Trip of a Lifetime

A St. Joseph veteran is heading to our nation's capital, on the Honor Flight, to remember the lives lost during World War II.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph veteran received the greatest gift; a phone call.

"They called about 9 o'clock and said we got a seat on the plane for the honor flight, do you want it? I said, I want it," said Dale Gann.

Gann will take the Honor Flight to Washington D.C, to visit the World War II Memorial.

"I'll probably never have another honor this great," said Gann.

Gann joined the Navy when he was 17 years old, and served for 38 years.

He was with the USS Ranger during World War II.

"It had six stacks, three on each side of the flight deck. And, during flight corps, they laid the stacks down so the planes could land," said Gann.

He's traveled to many places on the ship, but never to Washington D.C.

Now, thanks to the Honor Flight, Gann gets the chance to see the nation's capital and reflect on those who lost their lives during the war.

"Bunch of names on there of people that I've known, and I'd kinda like to see them," said Gann.

He said this opportunity wouldn't be possible without his granddaughter. She applied for a spot on the flight more than a year ago.

"To find out it was on Veterans Day, how lucky," said Kim Dragoo.

The day-trip to Washington D.C. is something Gann has always wanted to do.

"I've never done anything like that before! It's one of the best honors that I think I'll ever have to do this," said Gann.

Gann he's most excited about the trip because it's on Veterans Day.

"It was an honor to serve the nation, and it's an honor to go to Washington for this holiday," said Gann.

Gann will join more than two dozen other veterans on the Honor Flight.

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