“Soldier, rest, thy warfare o’er, Dream of fighting fields no more. Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking, Morn of toil, nor night of waking.” – Sir Walter Scott
We ask you continue to honor the sacrifice and service of the Greatest Generation by sharing their legacy.
As many of you know, we said farewell to WWII Veteran Mr. Travis Budlong. We were so honored to have him on Honor Flight Austin’s inaugural flight.
Ken Herman, with the Austin American Statesman continues to emphasize the importance of Honor Fight’s mission, with his article, “Honor Flight came just in time for World War II veteran”
“Travis Budlong died last week, offering a poignant reminder of the importance of the Honor Flight program that takes World War II veterans to the Washington, D.C., memorial that honors them.” “Like all the vets on the Honor Flight trip, Budlong was deeply moved by the experience.”
Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez via the Austin American Statesman ”Travis Budlong, left, and Jesse Farmer hugged during Austin’s inaugural Honor Flight visit to the World War II Memorial”
1926 – 2013 (Flight #1)
January 14, 2013 we lost Mr. Vic Mathias. Mr. Mathias was instrumental in helping Honor Flight Austin secure enough funding to take the Inaugural trip in June 2012 in which he attended. A prominent leader in Austin, Honor Flight is privileged to know such a smart and influential man and to have flown him to visit his WWII Memorial in D.C.
To learn more about Vic Mathias and the impact he made in Austin visit his website; www.vicmathias.com.
Honor – With deep regret we ask for your condolences in honoring, Sr “Jim” Mr. Watters a Pearl Harbor Survivor who came on the third and final 2012 Honor Flight trip. Mr. Watters began his service at Ford Island Naval Air Station in 1941. After serving in the south pacific with his squadron, VP/VPB-23, Jim finished his active duty as a Lieutenant Commander at Olathe NAS in Kansas.
Throughout this life, Mr. Watters remained involved in the world of aviation and served for a time as Confederate Air Force squadron in Burnet. To read more about Mr. Watters please click here.
July 15, 2013 – It is with heavy heart we must inform you of the passing of Patriot THOMAS WALLACE MATTHEWS, of Luling, Texas. Tom was one of Texas Capital Chapter 1919, Military Order of the Purple Heart, World War II Veterans.
“By the time the war ended in Europe, Lt Thomas Matthews had flown combat missions in the Balkans, Italy and Southern France while participating in the Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley, Southern France and Rhineland Campaigns. When it was his turn to depart for home, September 20, 1945, he returned to the United States with awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross and 9 Oak Leaf Clusters on his Air Medal, together with his Purple Heart, Victory Medal, American Theater Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge and an EAME Campaign Medal with 6 Bronze Service Stars.”
Tom was able to visit his WWII Memorial in Washington, D. C. on the very first Honor Flight Austin trip, along with two of his fellow WWII friends from Luling. Please join us in remembering Patriot Thomas Wallace Matthews. Click to read more on the heroism of Thomas Walter Matthews on the Military Order of the Purple Heart webpage.
With regret and much sorrow we share the passing of Isabelle Cook. We ask that you join us in remembering Isabelle for her service to our Country and the woman she was. Isabelle, at 93 years old, became one of the first female WWII Veterans to join the Honor Flight Austin Family. Isabelle served as an Army nurse during the war. “Frankly I volunteered, I was single and I felt that the other soldiers didn’t have a choice they were drafted. If they were overseas and they were wounded I with my experience as a nurse I should be there to care for them.”
Isabelle Cook had just graduated from the Mt. Sinai School of Nursing in New York City when war was declared in Europe. The Army asked Mt Sinai to plan a one thousand bed hospital for overseas service, and she signed up as a volunteer. She spent the next three years in Africa, Italy, and France. At war’s end she found herself in Aix-en-Provence, a French town celebrating the end of the war. Still, there were grim reminders of those citizens who had collaborated or fraternized with the Germans.
To learn more about Isabelle, please click this Library of Congress link, where Isabelle recorded her experiences during WWII for everyone to see and be remembered forever.
It is with deep regret that we share the news that Louis Joseph Gremillion, 94, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013. Louis was born January 10, 1919 in Alexandria, LA to Eustice and Edna Gremillion. On April 20, 1945 he married the love of his life, Beverly Bordelon Gremillion,they had four children and resided for many years in Bellaire, TX. Louis gave selflessly to his community and was beloved by his family.
We are proud to honor Mr. Gremillion and his service in the Army during WWII. We were honored to have Mr. Gremillion fly with Honor Flight Austin in 2012.
November 2013 – It is with a heavy heart we share the news of Mr. Gillson’s passing. Less than a month ago we were given an opportunity to honor WWII Veteran Mr. Gillson in Georgetown, as he was unable to fly due to his health. Please take a moment to honor the service and sacrifice of Mr. Gillson and keep his close ones in your thoughts.
If you would like to honor the service of Mr. Gillson, click here to share.