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'It's going to be a great experience': Local veterans prepare for Honor Flight to D.C.

Jack Hough spent a lot of his time in the Navy aboard ship. With a rotation that put them in the Formosa Straits in the winter, the sea was cold and rough. (SBG)

Three dozens veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam leave May 11 on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

KVAL News anchor David Walker and photo journalist Loren Ruark will be with them.

Watch weeknights #LiveOnKVAL at 6 p.m. for profiles of veterans taking part. Starting Thursday, watch at 5 & 6 p.m. for live reports from D.C.

Jack Hough spent a lot of his time in the Navy aboard ship.

With a rotation that put them in the Formosa Straits in the winter, the sea was cold and rough.

"Most of the time I was in Japan and Hong Kong, Philippines," Jack said. "Our sleeping racks were racks and you hang on to both sides. You lay there and you're rockin' and rollin' and one night when it was really bad you rock and you roll so that's normal. But when you go this way and then you go this way again, everybody was out of their racks right now. They said that's not normal. It went the wrong way."

Jack joined the navy about a year after graduating from Elmira High School.

He says the Navy had a big impact on his life.

"My experience and training in the Navy put me into computers that I worked on, a military-type computer in Glendale, California, for one of my first jobs," he said. "And so it got me started along those lines and from there I went to be the service manager of Xerox corporation in Oregon."

Jack is taking part in the Honor Flight to D.C. this month.

The flight will be a bit of a family affair: Jack's brother, a World War II veteran, is going, with his grandaughter as his guardian.

Jack, whose youngest son will be his guardian on the trip, is looking forward to seeing the memorials in Washington, D.C.

"Just the camaraderie of the group that is going, and again I'd like to see my brother go back as he's in later age and he hasn't been to Washington, D.C., I don't think," Jack said. "So it's going to be a great experience."

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