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(Editor’s Note: The following profiles of two Kincaid residents who are in Washington D. C. aboard the Honor Flight for veterans was inadvertently left out of the story on Sunday with the other veterans. The newspaper apologies for this omission)
KINCAID — Two residents from Kincaid Illinois are also hopping on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Veterans George Dees and Dan Ferrari, along with their sons, will be flying out to the nations capital on June 14.
Dees went through basic training in 1963. He served in the United States Army for 3 years. He was given the opportunity to navigate Europe going to countries such as Germany, Iceland and Honduras just to name a few.
Dees then joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 1975 where he became part of the 66th Brigade in Decatur IL. The 66th Brigade provides timely intelligence to deployed commanders stationed all over the world.
George Dees retired from the National Guard in 2004 with the rank of Sergeant Major which is a senior non-commissioned rank.
“I miss it.” Dees said. “It was interesting but that’s the only way I got a retirement was going back to the military.”
Mr. Dees said his most anticipated site to see in Washington D.C. is the tomb of the unknown soldier and all the different museums the Smithsonian has to offer.
Dan Ferrari is a 77 year old retired veteran who was drafted in 1965 into the U.S. Army. He served until 1967 when he was discharged with rank of Specialist E-5.
Ferrari went through basic training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, transferred to advanced training at Fort Knox Kentucky where he pondered going to Officers Candidate School.
Ferrari is ecstatic to see the many War Memorials for fallen veterans including World War II and Vietnam memorials.
“We went for a long weekend but none of these memorials were there.” Explained Ferrari.
The one thing these two have in common is they both get to share the special trip with their sons, Jason Dees and Dan Ferrari Jr.