World War II veteran from Alaska visits national memorial on Last Frontier Honor Flight
22 veterans from Alaska touched down in Washington Wednesday on the Last Frontier Honor Flight. It is an opportunity to see memorials erected in their honor on the National Mall and tour our nation's capital. One World War II veteran is taking part in the long, special journey.
Alex Pinkham is the last surviving World War II veteran from the Nez Perce Tribe. Pinkham brought his stories to the nation's capital with him.
"I was in the South Pacific for a year and a half," recalls Pinkham.
The memories come pouring back for the 94 year old Navy veteran as he rolls along the National Mall.
"Well it’s our country. I guess any war that we got we have to fight in it," said Pinkham.
Pinkham says he wanted the fighting to stop when he was manning a cannon on a ship in the Pacific. He says he is still looking for an end to fighting.
"I hope we quit these darn wars," said Pinkham.
Pinkham had trouble finding steady work when the war finally came to an end. So he made his way to Alaska in 1956.
"I consider Alaska my lucky territory," said Pinkham.
Alaska has been his lucky home ever since. It's also home for the 21 other veterans. They all received handshakes of gratitude, recognition of their service to the Last Frontier and the country.
"People donate to the veterans so they can come here…that’s great. Yeah, this is beautiful," said Pinkham.
After a long day touring memorials on the National Mall, the veterans will visit the National Air and Space Museum on Friday.