“I will not dramatize my service. We were just young kids,” Brooks, now 87, said. “I was one of the lucky ones (who survived).”
The USS Topeka endured a hurricane on her maiden voyage and was forced to return to Boston harbor for repairs. It then continued on to Pearl Harbor in May of 1945 and then to Tokyo Bay in September, returning to the United States in October.
’NEVER A HERO’
A common thread of the veterans was their modesty and humbleness.
”I was never a hero,” Brooks said. “I just did my job.”
Delumyea didn’t boast of his service either.
“I wasn’t a hero or anything,” he said.
Many would disagree.
“It’s the last time they’ll ever be honored,” Kaifetz said. “We’re all tourists at the World War II Memorial except the veterans. They own it.
“In history, there’s no question about it. They changed the world.”
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The first flight departs for Washington, D.C., Saturday, May 18. Space is still available for veterans and guardians. A second flight is set for Saturday, June 15. There will also be two fall 2013 flights: mid-September and mid-October (exact dates have not been set yet). Applications, Honor Flight updates and other information is available at www.northcountryhonorflight.org. Donations may also be made online through the website. For questions, contact Director Danny Kaifetz by phone at 834-9901 or by email at honorflight@char ter.net. North County Honor Flight's Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/NorthCountryHonorFlight.
North Country Honor Flight will hold their next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1505 in Keeseville. All five veterans who have signed up for the first flight will be in attendance. The public and all interested applicants and family members are welcome to attend. The social hour following the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Board members can assist veterans with their applications at this time.