Another local Honor Flight that escorts aging veterans to Washington, D.C., will be Sept. 30 — and two of the honorees are from Cambria. Another is a former Cambria resident who maintains ties to her “hometown.”
The trips are free, honoring veterans for service to their country, mostly during World War II. This one is sponsored by the newly formed Honor Flight Central Coast California.
Five North Coast veterans will pay their own way on the flight to act as “guardians,” as will two others who are members of the town’s American Legion Post No. 432.
Cambria honoree veterans are to include World War II vet Robert Hill and Mel McColloch, who served in the Korean War. Retired Marine Barbara Banner, who now lives in the Los Angeles area, also is a WWII vet.
Never miss a local story.
Guardians with ties to Cambria include residents Ron Waltman, Greg Sanders and Terry Farrell (each has served as commander of Cambria’s Legion post), along with Dan Scott and Billy Knoop.
Among the other guardians on the flight are to be John Gajdos (Cambria post member who lives elsewhere) and Bob Minutello (Cambria Rotary and Cambria Legion member who lives elsewhere).
Dan Dow, district attorney-elect for San Luis Obispo County, is scheduled to be on the flight as a guardian.
The group is scheduled to leave San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 30 and return about 10 p.m. Oct. 2. Those making the trip will visit various monuments in Washington.
Members of the public — including members of local Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, Vietnam Veterans of America and Patriot Guard Riders, who always are there — are welcome to attend the sendoff and arrival ceremonies.
Among other Cambria veterans of World War II who have been honorees on past Honor Flights are George Rankin, Robert Kennedy, Reginald Perkins and Lou Fedor.