WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a U.S. Army veteran and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Wednesday welcomed 83 Oklahoma veterans, who served in WWII, Korea and/or Vietnam, to Washington, DC as part of the 22nd Oklahoma Honor Flight.
“Meeting the WWII, Vietnam and Korean War veterans from Oklahoma and welcoming them to their monuments in Washington, D.C. is always an honor,” said Inhofe. “These men and women fought and sacrificed to protect many of the freedoms we are privileged with today. When I hear their personal stories, I am reminded why history books call our WWII veterans the Greatest Generation. I am glad our Oklahoma veterans are getting to see their memorials and can be assured that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.”
The Oklahoma veterans included 29 World War II veterans, 53 Korean War veterans, and one Vietnam veteran. The Oklahoma Honor Flights began making trips in May 2010.
During WWII, the state of Oklahoma became a hub for pilot training at Ponca City, Enid, Altus, Miami, and Oklahoma City. Oklahoma was not exempt from the catastrophic losses of the war and close to 5,500 Oklahomans were killed in action throughout the course of the war. Several prominent Oklahomans have become famous Generals and Admirals such as Clarence Tinker, Raymond McLain, and Marc Mitscher.
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