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'I want to see all the memorials': Honor Flight takes off Friday

Ida Stemple served 8 years in the Korean War as a registered nurse in the Navy.

KVAL News will join an Honor Flight from Oregon to Washington, D.C., this weekend

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Ida Stemple served 8 years in the Korean War as a registered nurse in the Navy.

"I was in two places in Japan: Yokosuka and Sasebo, and they were former Japanese hospitals," she said. "If I hadn't been in the service I would probably never've been able to visit Japan and be in a troop ship. I went to Japan from Seattle - no from San Francisco - troop ship. Took us 11 days."

Now decades later, Ida still has vivid memories of her service, both overseas and in California.

"Mainly I remember the patients," she said. "There were a lot of amputees during the Korean War, and they came to the hospital at Oakland Naval Hospital, and that was kind of heartbreaking."

Ida still has a couple of her uniforms that she treasures today.

This week, she'll join the Southern Willamette Valley Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Every veteran is accompanied by a guardian. Ida's guardian will be her daughter, Susan.

"I am so excited to be able to spend this time with her," she said. "My mom is 90 years old. We may not be able to go back to Washington, D.C., again. She's very patriotic, and because of that I just want to share this experience with her.")

"I want to see all the memorials," Ida said. "There's one for the nurses."

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