Honor Flight: Three Vet Friends Call Trip 'Unbelievable'

CREATED May 16, 2011

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 10th Stars and Stripes Honor Flight took off to see veterans' WWII memorial in Washington D.C. over the weekend.

Most people were flying solo, but Don Moffett, Joe Kaufman and Terry Inda went as a trio of friends.

"We've been excited for weeks, months."

Inda and Moffett were Navy guys in the Pacific and Kaufman was with the Army's Navy in Europe.

"I'm very thankful to be here.  Very appreciative," said one of the men.

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Kaufman, who had brought along black and white photos and news clipping of the buddies he served with from back in the day.

"During the war, we took supplies and took them up to the front lines," said Kaufman.  "I had some friends that I wish were with me."

When we got to the memorial site they men stood arms around each other and mouths open in awe.

"Unbelievable.  We're so happy," said one of them.

"Great, really great." explained Kaufman.  "Bigger than I thought it was."

Joe took his pictures out again and took time to honor his fallen friends, but the ones he was there with agreed the trip was more fun because they were together.

"We're lucky to be here."

They called the entire day "unbelievable."