Blog 2017-09-05T13:32:12+00:00

Veteran comments from our 83rd flight

Take a look back at some of the highlights and hear from veterans from Honor Flight Chicago's April 11, 2018 flight, the first of the season and first of the organization's second decade.

April 16th, 2018|News|

Fulfilling a final wish

Don Arseneau waited four years to fly with Honor Flight Chicago. He was forced to cancel on three different occasions because of illness. He was finally ready to receive his day of honor when the unthinkable happened.

April 13th, 2018|News|

Popeyes sponsors Honor Flight Chicago flight

On April 11, 99 Chicago-area WWII and Korean War veterans will travel with Honor Flight Chicago to Washington, D.C., for a once-in-a-lifetime day of honor at their national war memorials. These heroic men and women will be the beneficiaries of a special partnership with Popeyes® Chicagoland Co-op.

April 9th, 2018|News|

Eugene Bylina: Diesel locomotive driver

Gene’s job in South Korea was to drive diesel locomotives hauling train cars of ammunition, food, K rations and other supplies. The U.S. Army used the Korean rail system, but the train engines were diesel locomotives brought over from the United States.

April 8th, 2018|Profiles|

William Howland: A World War II POW

Bill Howland was a POW during World War II. He estimates there were approximately 300 POWs in his group. About two weeks before the war ended, Bill escaped in part by hiding in a barn in a pile of hay.

April 8th, 2018|Profiles|

Jerome Adler: Enlisting for a friend

Jerome Adler enlisted in the Army, much to the chagrin of his parents. Jerry remarked that his enlistment was motivated in part by the battlefield death of a childhood friend in Korea during the first year of that war.

April 5th, 2018|Profiles|

Jim Carroll: Suffering hard times

Jim enlisted in September, 1946 with four buddies from his neighborhood gang, the “Parkside Maulers.” They all had the idea of using the GI Bill after their service.

April 3rd, 2018|Profiles|

William Adams: Youthful work pays off

When the Marine Corps asked for soldiers to volunteer to fight in Korea, Bill stepped forward. He and approximately 5,000 other Marines boarded a Merchant Marine vessel and headed to Korea.

April 2nd, 2018|Profiles|

Gerald Crandall: Answering the call

Gerald comes from a family deeply rooted in “answering the call for military duty.” Gerald’s father and uncles all fought in France during World War I and his older brother fought in Europe during WWII.

April 2nd, 2018|Profiles|

Donald Arseneau: A change in cap

Don Arseneau was born in the small town of Beaverville, Illinois (pop. 368), near the beginning of the Depression. He was a Plane Captain and Parachute Rigger.

March 29th, 2018|Profiles|

It’s our 10-year anniversary!

Honor Flight Chicago CEO Mary Pettinato has a special message for everyone who helped the organization say thank you to America's senior war heroes over the past 10 years.

March 19th, 2018|News|

See photos from Bourbon Street

At Honor Flight Chicago, our mission is clear. We honor our senior war heroes for their service. We thank them for their courage and sacrifice. And in the process, we inspire generations of Americans [...]

November 1st, 2017|News|

Erwin Rabin: Aloha and Mahalo

Erwin Rabin served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. He spent six months in Korea at the end of the war. He was then assigned as a Company clerk in Hawaii.

August 5th, 2017|Profiles|

Al Vosylius: Back in Germany

Al Vosylius, a native of Lithuania, served in the Army from 1952 to 1954. He worked with the artillery testing team of the US Army 5th Corps.

August 5th, 2017|Profiles|

Sayers donates $25,000 to Honor Flight Chicago

Honor Flight Chicago CEO Mary Pettinato received a $25,000 check from Sayers Technology President and CEO Christopher Callahan on Wednesday, July 12. The donation was presented at Chicago’s Midway International Airport following Honor Flight [...]

July 25th, 2017|News|

Walter Piekosz: Learning to swim

Walter Piekosz was born in Chicago in 1925, one of nine children. At age 17, he decided to join the Navy. He joined even though he didn’t know how to swim.

July 10th, 2017|Profiles|

Bernard Ogarek: Hollywood Marine

U.S. Marine Corps  Korean War   Chicago, IL   Flight date: 07/12/17 By Carla Khan, Honor Flight Chicago Veteran Interview Volunteer It was March 1951 and [...]

July 8th, 2017|Profiles|

Frank Chrzan: Too young to serve

U.S. Marine Corps  World War II   Mt Prospect, IL   Flight date: 06/07/17 By Carla Khan, Honor Flight Chicago Veteran Interview Volunteer When the 15-year-old Frank Chrzan [...]

July 7th, 2017|Profiles|

Pete Balma: On the front line

U.S. Army   Korean War   Zion, IL   Flight date: 07/12/17 By Jack Walsh, Honor Flight Chicago Veteran Interview Volunteer Pete Balma was very happy when his [...]

July 7th, 2017|Profiles|

Honoring our Korean War veterans

The Korean War started 67 years ago today. It's known by many as the forgotten war, but we will never forget. On this day, we remember and honor all of our veterans who served during the Korean War.

June 25th, 2017|News|

June 25, 1950: Korean War begins

At dawn on Sunday, June 25, North Korean troops begin a full-scale invasion along large portions of the 38th parallel. The attack begins with heavy artillery fire followed by waves of Soviet-built T-34 tanks [...]

June 25th, 2017|This Day in History|

Milton Diller: A photographer’s eye

As a photo interpretation specialist during the Korean War, Airman Second Class Milton (Milt) Diller never left U.S. soil, but without his service, there’s no telling how many lives might have been lost nearly 6,000 miles away.

June 22nd, 2017|Profiles|

Saying ‘thank you’ 7,000 times

Honor Flight Chicago, the largest hub within the Honor Flight Network, surpassed recognizing 7,000 veterans while flying the organization's 78th flight.

June 15th, 2017|News|

A message to our incredible volunteers

Ever since I helped start Honor Flight Chicago 10 years ago, I’ve felt I have one of the best jobs in the world. Not only do I get to meet inspiring senior war heroes, but [...]

April 27th, 2017|News|

Walter Williams: Flying doorless in Korea

U.S. Navy / Korean War (Yorkville, Ill.) Entering the U.S. Navy carried on a family tradition for Walter Williams. His grandfather, Old Salt, had told stories of his time on a sailing ship; other [...]

April 22nd, 2017|Profiles|

John Meehan: A career in the Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard / WWII (Hobart, IN) John Meehan graduated from high school, enlisted in the Coast Guard at the age of 19 and served from 1942 to 1946. He quickly learned the unusual [...]

April 17th, 2017|Profiles|