WWII Veteran Talks About Honor Flight Program

By | May 25, 2010
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WWII Veteran Roy Dittus

Dittus shows souvenirs from his trip

Dittus shows souvenirs from his trip

Dittus shows souvenirs from his trip

Residents listened to Dittus’ presentation

Primrose of Bismarck resident, Roy Dittus gave a presentation to the residents and staff about his experience with the Honor Flight program. Like a number of our residents, Roy is a proud WWII veteran. He was recently given a great opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, with other veterans.

Roy served in the United States Navy from October of 1942 until October of 1945. After his training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, he was sent to Kauai, Hawaii to help set up a Naval Hospital. After Hawaii, Dittus was transferred to Guam with the 5th Marine Division as a medic during the invasion. He returned to Oahu and was then sent back to Guam to retrieve those who had perished in battle. At the end of the war he boarded the Enterprise as a medic where their ship carried 1,800 wounded soldiers home. Roy describes his war experiences as “unpleasant” as could be understood by any in the audience.

Roy traveled to Washington, DC in April with over 90 local veterans as part of the Roughrider Honor Flight program. While in DC, Roy got the opportunity to see many memorials in his honor. The group traveled to the Vietnam, Lincoln, and Korean Memorials. They attended a special reception and dinner. The next day, Roy and his fellow veterans went to see places such as the World War II Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. It was a very busy two days for Roy.

For his presentation, Roy wore the cap, t-shirt, and jacket that was given to him. He also wore his nametag and brought photo albums and other souvenirs from his trip. The residents were very eager to hear about the memorials and the details of Roy’s trip. Overall, Roy described his trip as, “a very good experience.” He said that many of the places were “unreal”. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier topped Roy’s list as the best place to see, followed by the Lincoln Memorial. As Roy told the other residents, he would “certainly recommend this trip to any veteran”.

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