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Ellsworth area WWII vet gets hero's treatment on honor flight

HAGER CITY--Sixty-five years after being discharged from the Army, Donald R. Johnson of Hager City was part of a tribute to his and fellow World War II veterans' military service last month.

Johnson was among those chosen for Honor Flight, a June 19 event which took them to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial and be recognized. They flew round trip from La Crosse, he said; on the plane with him were 108 other area vets plus 70 chaperones.

"They're taking the World War II people first," he said Friday about the two-year-old program expected to be extended to Korea and the wars since, "because we're dying off at the rate of 1,000 per day."

Read more in the print version of the Herald July 14.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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