Honor Flight: 'Wasn't like M.A.S.H. stuff that you saw on TV'
EUGENE, Ore. - Al Barrios served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1976.
"Most of us we feel that we did our job. I think that it's all part of a big puzzle and ours was just a small piece that needed to be done," he said. "I was a pharmacist and we worked in the hospital or in triage stations most of the time. Wasn't like M.A.S.H. stuff that you saw on TV, but it was taken very seriously."
Before he was sent overseas, Al was at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas.
"And I had received the unit citation and the airman of the month for the base there," he recalled. "There was a critical situation there where they needed medication, a life-saving medication, and we didn't have it at the unit."
Al did what needed to be done to get it.
"One of the rewards I got was to take a flight in the back seat of a T33 fighter trainer," he said. "It was a lot of fun."
Al's daughter is going along on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., as his guardian.
What's he most looking forward to seeing?
"Definitely want to see the Vietnam," he said of the memorials. "I had a lot of close friends that were in Vietnam. I'd like to refresh my memory with Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier."