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Sailor relives memories of World War II
This week we are bringing you the stories of the men and women aboard the final Heartland Honor Flights which took place last week. Those flights have given about 1500 Nebraska veterans the chance to see the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. A chance they may not have otherwise had.
The veterans on this trip get the chance to see several memorials and monuments in D.C.
The World War II Memorial is dedicated to each one of them, but there are also other memorials in the city that have a special meaning for certain veterans.
The Iwo Jima Memorial brought back plenty of memories for Russell Bramble of Hastings. He was there aboard a Navy destroyer that spent 17 days bombarding the enemy. The shooting was constant — day and night. Russell said he is thankful to have survived.
"Every day is a holiday for all the servicemen who were over there and survived. Every day is a holiday to me. And then after we left Iwo Jima, we went to Okinawa and last six days at Okinawa. Our ship got hit," said Bramble.
Russell said he served as a look–out so he was able to watch over everything that was taking place during those battles.
He said he cannot believe how many volunteers came together to make the Heartland Honor Flight such an amazing trip for him and for all the Nebraska veterans.
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