WASHINGTON (GrayDC) More than 70 veterans flew half way across the country from Oklahoma to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C. It’s the first honor flight for Navy veteran, OB Brewer, a Seabee. Our Washington Bureau’s Jillian Angeline followed him throughout the heart of the nation’s capital.
“I’d do it all again, greatest thing that I’d ever done,” Brewer said.
O.B. Brewer was a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the Navy from 1952 to 1955. He was a heavy equipment operator throughout southeast Asia during the Korean War…on islands like Guam and Midway. He laid runways and built hospitals, mess halls and barracks.
“Best part of my life,” he said about his service.
He served because it was his duty. Brewer’s family members fought in World War II and it was his turn to answer the call.
“I’m a very proud American,” Brewer said, while sitting near the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
It is his first time visiting D.C. traveling all this way with the Oklahoma Warriors Honor Flight group.
“It’s a great honor. I never imagined I’d get to come to this part of the world,” said the Navy veteran.
Brewer and other Oklahoma veterans walked and rolled to see the Marine Corps silent drill team in action at the Lincoln Memorial. They also paid their respects to fallen heroes of the Vietnam and Korean Wars.
“You can’t imagine what it means to me,” he explained.
Brewer is one of 70 plus veterans from Oklahoma visiting D.C. and the memorials dedicated to them, but having his family in attendance is what matters most to him.
“This is surreal for a girl from Oklahoma,” said his daughter Cathy Brewer.
His daughter Cathy has heard so many of his Seabee stories, but this trip brings them to life.
“It has been a heck of a trip. I can tell you. It has been awesome, awesome,” she said, about the experience.
The trip may only be for a day, but Brewer says he and his family will be bringing back memories with them to Oklahoma.