Explosion of the USS Shaw, Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941
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Dec. 7, 2012 is the 71st anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as WW2 veteran, Joe Demler's 87th birthday. A high school track athlete, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Here, Joe holds the iconic photo of himself taken by LIFE magazine photographer John Florea in Spring, 1945, shortly after his liberation from a German POW camp.
Joe's buddy Harvey Kurz, who struggles with dementia, bags groceries at the local Pick 'n Save in Milwaukee, WI, where customers appreciate his lively sense of humor.
Harvey Kurz, bags groceries. Milwaukee, WI.
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What many don't guess is that he watched the flag being raised at Iwo Jima.
The documentary, Honor Flight: One Last Mission, which follows them and other veterans from Wisconsin on the grand adventure, opens today in NYC and Pasadena, CA.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (SSHF) is a Wisconsin-based hub of the national Honor Flight Network, the original organization, which was started in Ohio in 2004. A true "bottom-up" project, it began with one guy and a dream.
Earl Morse, was a Veterans' Clinic physician's assistant and Retired Air Force Captain. He knew that several of his aging patients had never seen the capitol city of the country they had fought for, so many decades ago. And most were not physically nor financially able to consider a trip like that on their own.