The Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization takes veterans to Washington, DC, and on mission number 41, one of them had a very special experience.
“I needed closure to some degree,” Vietnamese Navy veteran Lorn Gordon told WSAW this week, and he hoped the trip would provide it.
At the Vietnam Memorial, he said he encountered a very special name on the wall, a neighbor named James M. Ringle.
“Six to nine months later he was killed in action in Vietnam, which had a big impact on me because I had a really good relationship with him,” Gordon explained.
However, among the crowd that day were his sons who came out to support him. Both men were also veterans, one from Pennsylvania and the other from Wisconsin.
Photos showed the sweet reunion and the men kissing next to the wall of names:
When you’re on Honor Flight #41 and have no idea the boys have come to share the day with you…Never Forgotten Honor Flight, Inc.
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Social media users wrote how much they loved seeing them together, with one person writing, “I would love to sit down, listen and learn.
“Goosebumps. So special,” another commented.
According to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website, “visitor’s faces are reflected on walls bearing the engraved names of the 58,318 men and women who died in action or are missing in action (MIA).”
“Many who visit leave behind items in memory of those who served. Military dog tags, flowers, war medals, photographs and even favorite toys left behind aid in the healing process” , says the site.
Looking at his friend’s name on the wall is “worth it for me and also for him, in his legacy,” according to Gordon.
The Never Forgotten Honor Flight serves veterans in several Wisconsin counties: Barron, Clark, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Price, Rusk, Taylor, Vilas, and Wood.