The latest Freedom Honor Flight will take off from
La Crosse tomorrow.
It will be the 18th flight to take veterans to see
their war memorials in Washington D-C.
about 100 volunteers helped get ready for the sendoff
including setting up all of the tables .
Tomorrow's trip is being sponsored by Festival Foods
after fundraising efforts in July raised 14-thousand
dollars for the flight.
About 90 veterans will be going on tomorrow's Freedom
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill joins us now with the story
of one veteran looking forward to making some memories.
Mike and Martha ...
Wayne Lundell served in the Korean War .
and is decorated with medals, including a Purple Heart.
Lundell signed up to go on the honor flight four years
ago, and now it's finally his turn.
But before making new memories, he invited us into
his home to share same old ones.
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Right in the middle ...
A rainy afternoon.
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That was my closest friend and that's the one that
just passed away.
The perfect time to take a trip down memory lane.
I'm the second from the left.
For Korean war veteran Wayne Lundell, that lane winds
through places many of us will never see.
It was no picnic." going off to war.
"and especially when youre 18 years old."
But by pulling out his memorabilia for the first time
in a long while .
A chosen few surived the hell on earth in korea.
the former Marine has many stories that can take us
Well theres a lot of memories, because at the Chosin
Reservoir it was 38 below zero and we werent dressed
for it so a lot of my friends and stuff like that
are still over there.
His memories, and others' of Chosin Resevoir now live
on in history as one of the most brutal battles of
the Korean war.
This is all of the bodies there are, see them?
Lundell will never forget how the enemy soldiers attacked
There was bugles blowing and the chinese came in.
I went from 180 pounds down to 97.
But Lundell's Colonel at the time .
He's my hero.
Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in American
history, helped his men do something they didn't think
nope none of us did.
Get out alive.
and if it wouldn't have been for this guy here we
wouldn't have .
Lundell's hero passed along this life lesson.
A lot of how to survive.
he was a survivor.
Yeah that's right hmhmmm.
Here is the korean medal.
Lundell's journey through memory lane now takes him
to one final stop where he was stationed so many years
To bring back memories to all of the service men that
were before us and continue going after us.
He'll be taking a trip on the Freedom Honor Flight
with other vets to honor all who have served.
A lot of them are still over there, and they fought
for this country which is the greatest country there
And he will make his journey one to remember.
I can't wait.
In West Salem, Madalyn O'Neill, News 8
Lundell joined the Marines with seven of his friends
and he said they were all lucky enough to make it
but he's now the last survivor.
His son will be joining him on the flight tomorrow
and Ludnell's looking forward to some quality time
Freedom Honor Flight is an all day event .
starting bright and early with the flight taking off
around 7 a.m., and the vets return around 10 at night.