94-year-old WWII veteran takes honor flight

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- 94-year-old World War Two veteran W.C. "Bill" Beasley made the trip all the way from Texas to Washington, D.C. this week. He says visiting the World War Two memorial brings back a lot of memories.

The retired pastor spent the afternoon with his daughter and son-in-law.

Beasley joined the Army Air Corps, now known as the Air Force, at just 19 years old.

“Military was not - it’s not a thing you like to do. But it’s the thing you sometimes have to do," said Beasley.

In spite of the obstacles, Beasley rose to the challenge.

“Obedience was one of the things that I guess, following assignments. It just helped me to grow up," said Beasley.

Enemy fire came on his 17th mission. He led the crew out of the plane and was the first man to parachute out.

Eventually, the Germans captured him and he became a prisoner of war for nine months.

“I lost four of my seven crew members. They were killed...and I think about those," said Beasley.

This week, the Brookshires honor flight brought 24 veterans to Washington, DC. Beasley's daughter, Stephanie Strickland, says her family is grateful.

“The memories do live on. He shares them with us every day and we pass them on and pay it forward," said Stephanie Strickland. "it’s very special, very special.”

On Saturday, the veterans will experience the Air and Space museum. They will then head back home from their three-day trip.

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