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Former resident honored for WWII service

FALLBROOK – Morey Sherman Sr., a resident of Fallbrook in the 70s and 80s, was recently selected for an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial. He fought in the Marshall Islands and in the Philippine Islands and is the recipient of both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization that provides WWII veterans and their guardians a free trip to the nation’s capitol to visit the WWII memorial as a way to honor their service to the United States. Participants are flown into Baltimore and stay at a Hilton Hotel. The flight, food, accommodations, and tour bus are free for the veterans.

Morey Sherman Jr., a resident of Fallbrook since 1973, was his father’s guardian on the July 9, 2010 weekend trip. “It was a whirlwind tour and I am so glad I went!” the younger Sherman said. “I’ve never seen so many people walk up and shake my dad’s hand thanking him for his service. I often had a tear in my eye on this trip.”

Three other veterans were in the shuttle that took the Shermans from the airport to their hotel. One veteran was a Pearl Harbor survivor, another was an infantryman who fought the Germans trying to take over Paris, and another was a P.O.W. in Germany who had escaped three times. The elder Sherman had fought against the Japanese trying to conquer the Philippine Islands.

The younger Sherman said, “It was great hearing all these vets talk about their experiences during the war.”

He said that Honor Flight provides a first class tour that every veteran should experience. The Honor Flight Network has a goal to fly as many WWII veterans as they can to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials.

The July 9 trip included 21 veterans from all over the country. An application form for the program can be found on the Honor Flight Network website,

http://www.honorflight.org.

For questions, contact Morey Sherman Jr. at

[email protected].

 

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