The oldest veteran on the 23rd Never Forgotten Honor Flight shares trip with son

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAW) -- 16 World War Two veterans were part of the 23rd Never Forgotten Honor Flight Monday.

Among those is a man named Robert Bremer. He's the oldest veteran on the trip at 96 years old. He says he's seen a lot in those decades.

"I learned a lot in the service."

Both the good and the bad from his time serving in the Army in the war.

"Everything comes back to me. We hit the side of the bank and the truckload went over the bank. All I seen was a big flash of light," Robert said, holding back tears. "I don't know how we got out, ever."

Robert was stationed all over the country and the world. When he hurt his knee while Italy in the Quartermaster Corps, he was ordered to go to a car company. Robert was a driver for dignitaries. One was a general who flew in from Washington.

"Oh yeah, I gave him a big salute. He says, 'you mean to tell me that's my car?' I says 'Sir that's your car'. He says take me to General [inaudible], a 4-Star General, and I did," Robert said.

They're memories that came back while seeing the war memorials for the fisrt time during the Honor Flight. He said he enjoyed the trip.

"I'm awful tired, but I'm enjoying everything I can see and talk to," Robert said.

Bruce was Robert's guardian and is also his son.

"This is extra special for me. My father is 96 and I do believe he's the oldest veteran here today, so that's astonishing," Bruce said.

It's something that adds to the bond this father and son already have.

"I'm standing here Holly, next to a hero and there's not many people who can say that, especially a World War Two veteran hero. There's not many of them left anymore," Bruce said.

It was an emotional day for both of them. Bruce had a brother who served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam, so they stoppped at the Vietnam Memorial to pay tribute to him.

World War Two veterans get the top priority next to terminal illness when selected to go on the trip.