PPR Honor Flight Merwin Cowles 0224 MAIN ART

P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens Merwin I. Cowles, 87, talks about his experience as a squadron leader of a unit of amphibious tractors that would rescue wounded troops from the island beaches in the Asiatic Pacific in World War II. Cowles will join at least four others in a one-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May to see the World War II monument, courtesy of the nonprofit organization North Country Honor Flight.