Five Tomahawk veterans listed on upcoming Never Forgotten Honor Flight roster

For the Tomahawk Leader

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Numerous area veterans, including five from Tomahawk, are slated to take next week’s Never Forgotten Honor Flight (NFHF) to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials that honor their service.

The flight, which will take place on Monday, May 20, was organized by the Wausau-based NFHF organization, which serves veterans in Barron, Clark, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Price, Rusk, Taylor, Vilas and Wood counties.

The flight marks the Wausau-based NFHF organization’s 48th flight since the first took place in April 2010.

A total of 106 veterans – 11 Korean War veterans, 95 Vietnam War veterans and one World War II veteran – will take the flight.

Among those listed to take the trip are Tomahawk residents Terry Baldowsky, Army; Dean Clark, Air Force; Jay Gascoigne, Marines; Thomas Pederson, Navy; and John Sorenson, Navy.

Veterans from other communities throughout northern and central Wisconsin, including Arbor Vitae, Medford, Merrill, Prentice, Rib Lake and Rhinelander, are also listed on the flight roster.

The veterans will be accompanied by 66 guardians on the one-day round trip that departs Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) in Mosinee at 6:30 a.m. and is scheduled to return at approximately 10 p.m.

The public is invited to CWA to welcome the veterans home.

As part of NFHF, veterans receive a free round-trip flight, and guardians pay $500.00 for the opportunity to accompany up to three veterans on the trip.

Veterans and guardians interested in taking a future Honor Flight can complete an application at or contact the organization at 715-573-8519.

All veterans from the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War eras are encouraged to submit an application. The only criteria for veterans to qualify for an Honor Flight is to have served (active duty, reserves or National Guard) prior to May 7, 1975, regardless of where they served.

Completed applications for veterans and guardians also can be mailed to Never Forgotten Honor Flight, 4404 Rib Mountain Dr., #234, Wausau, Wis., 54401.

NFHF said the veterans are selected based upon the order in which their applications are received and the conflict they served in.

“Preference is given to World War II veterans, then Korea Veterans, and then Vietnam era veterans,” NFHF stated. “Veterans who are terminally ill, regardless of when they served in those three eras, are given top preference. Guardians should be 18 to 69 years old and able to lend physical assistance to the veterans.”

As of the next week’s flight, NFHF will have flown 4,611 veterans to Washington, D.C.

North Central Wisconsin’s NFHF is the nation’s 77th regional hub and one of five Wisconsin Honor Flight hubs. The Wausau-based organization was certified by the National Honor Flight Network office in Springfield, Ohio on Dec. 11, 2009.

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