WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Every planeload of veterans on Ozarks Honor Flight represents enough 'living history' to write another book about World War II. The latest trip is more proof that that's no exaggeration. It also was another reminder that time marches on.
Army veterans and twins Fray and Ray Hillhouse were together on this trip on Tuesday.
“We planned it that way,” said Fray Hillhouse.
Their mother also wanted it that way when World War II broke out and they were drafted.
“My mom tried to get us in together,” said Fray Hillhouse. “I went in on Sept. 2, 1942, and he went in on the 5th of September 1942, three days apart.”
Fray was assigned to the Radio Signal Corps from Egypt and Europe. Ray kept America's bomber fleet flying from England.
It was the other side of the world from Ozark County. When the war ended, Fray surprised Ray, showing up unannounced.
“They didn't tell me he was coming; he just walked in one day,” said Fray.