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22 Alaska veterans head to Washington, D.C., on a Last Frontier Honor Flight

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: May 1
  • Published May 1

Bob Roland, left, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a gunner on a gasoline tanker delivering fuel to shallow ports along the coast, smiles during a Last Frontier Honor Flight group photo on Tuesday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Twenty-two veterans who served their country during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars boarded an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 ETOPS long-range aircraft at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport bound for Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Veterans on the Last Frontier Honor Flight are on a five-day tour to view national war memorials. It was also the inaugural flight of Alaska Airlines’ newest military-themed aircraft, “Honoring Those Who Serve,” which has a patriotic paint scheme.

Korean War veteran Bob Roland, who served in the U.S. Navy, holds a photograph of himself standing next to a gun that was taken on his 21st birthday while in Guam. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Firmin Murakami, 92, was sent to a Japanese-American internment camp in Jerome, Arkansas, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during WWII, which later became a holding camp for German prisoners of war. Murakami joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was told he was the only Marine of Japanese descent at the time. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Firmin Murakami, 92, was sent to a Japanese-American internment camp in Jerome, Arkansas, during WWII, which later became a holding camp for German prisoners of war. Murakami joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was told he was the only Marine of Japanese descent at the time. (Bill Roth / ADN)
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 ETOPS is the airline's newest military-themed aircraft. Featuring a unique patriotic paint scheme and emblazoned with the words ’Honoring Those Who Serve, ’ the aircraft made its inaugural flight from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport bound for Washington, D.C., on Tuesday with 22 veterans in the Last Frontier Honor Flight program. (Bill Roth / ADN)
U.S. Army veteran Paul Slooter, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, salutes during the singing of the national anthem before the departure of the Last Frontier Honor Flight on Tuesday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Clem Tillion, 93, a WWII veteran, served 2 1/2 years overseas as a Seabee in the United States Naval Construction Battalions in Guadalcanal. Tillion said, ’I took down unexploded ordnance, Japanese and American land mines. ’ (Bill Roth / ADN)

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