'I was in a chemical warfare company': Honor Flight takes Oregon veterans to D.C.
EUGENE, Ore. - Arle Holte was 18 and just out of high school in 1944 when his country called him up to serve in World War II.
"In basic training I was in a chemical warfare company but, you know, gas masks - but I never did have to use them," he recalled. "The war ended."
Holte is one of 44 veterans taking part in the 12th South Willamette Valley Honor Flight.
The veterans - of World War II, Korea and Vietnam - will spend the weekend visiting the memorials erected in their honor in Washington, D.C.
To date, 506 veterans have taken part in South Willamette Valley Honor Flights. All told, 42 U.S. states have Honor Flight programs.