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Photos: Hundreds turn out for service honoring WWII vet and Lucky Wishbone founder George Brown

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: February 12
  • Published February 11
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Airport Police honor guard fired three volleys during a funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
George Brown, a WWII veteran, received military funeral honors at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Corky Brown and Patricia Brown Heller were presented the folded flag from their father’s casket as hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Corky Brown holds the folded flag from his father’s casket as hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 96-year-old George Brown, a WWII veteran and founder of the Lucky Wishbone, Alaska’s oldest single family-owned restaurant, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Lucky Wishbone owner George Brown celebrated the 55th anniversary of his family-owned restaurant in 2010. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of 96-year-old George Brown, a World War II veteran and founder of Anchorage restaurant Lucky Wishbone, at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Sunday.

Brown was a pilot and flew transport aircraft across the Himalayas, known as the "the Hump," during WWII, earning numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. With 74 years in the cockpit, Brown continued to fly his Cessna 180 and last landed on the Deshka River at the age of 94.

On Sunday, Brown received military funeral honors for his service to the country.