Four Texoma Veterans Begin Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey with DFW Honor Flight

- Vernon resident Charles "Tex" Dunham, an Army World War II veteran, is one of four Texoma veterans who will be on the DFW Honor Flight.

"Since I was selected for it, I catch myself thinking about a lot of the days I was in combat over there," he says.

Dunham was shot in the head while serving in the Philippines.

"I was paralyzed from the waist down and I couldn't get up," he says. "And there were two men, to this day I do not know who they were, but there were two men that came down and drove me back up to the fox hole."

Learning to walk again wasn't an easy road, but Dunham did it.

In fact, when he could walk again, he went back to the front lines, and like many of his generation, did it with no second thoughts because it was what his country needed.

"That's what had been called into duty for: to defend this ol' country of ours," Dunham says. "And I still think it's the greatest country in the world."

So many years and and miles away from those heroic steps he took for his country, Dunham will soon be taking steps around the national WWII Memorial.

Those steps won't be just for himself and his generation's war.

An American Legion rider asked Dunham to take his late son's memory with him.

"This is a memorial pin for our son we lost in Iraq," he said. "Take him with you to Washington, D.C. For us, okay?"

Dunham said it would be an honor to do so.

The veterans leave for Washington D.C. tomorrow.

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