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Chemung County Nursing Facility Resident First To Fly On Twin Tiers Honor Flight

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ELMIRA - Chemung County Nursing Facility resident and WWII Veteran Jim Roush will be the first resident to participate in the Twin Tiers Honor Flight. On May 12, the Honor Flight will take 61 Veterans from the Greater Binghamton Airport to Washington D.C. in honor of their service so that they can visit and reflect at their memorials.

Right after graduating high school in 1943, Jim Roush was drafted to the U.S. Army where he trained in radio and radar communications. After completing basic training, Jim was offered the opportunity to sign up to join the military on his own. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corp., before it was called the Air Force, and was assigned to England. While overseas, Sergeant Roush served as a radio operator in a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber plane doing multiple tours flying over Germany and France. In 1945, Jim’s plane was fired at, killing two crewmembers and leaving Jim permanently injured. Sergeant Roush was shot in the knee and 73 years later, still wears a brace on his left knee.

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After the war was over, Sgt. Roush was stationed in Germany for ten months before being able to go home in 1946. Once back in the United State, he was able to use his skills he learned in the military to get a job at a T.V. station in Erie, Pennsylvania where he worked in the control room and as a camera operator. While working full time and having a family, Jim attended college for engineering at Midland Engineering College, Kansas City, Missouri. Jim then moved to Buffalo to go to college at the University at Buffalo and earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in January of 1971. After graduation, Jim began working for the Internal Revenue Service, tracking down people who had not paid their taxes. Jim transferred to Elmira, where he eventually retired from the IRS in 1994 after 25 years of service.

This will be Sgt. Roush’s first time to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II memorial. “I’ve always heard how wonderful it is so I’m excited to see it for myself,” says Roush. Sgt. Roush will be accompanied by his son, Jim, to visit the memorial site in D.C.

This will be the seventh time the Twin Tiers Honor Flight has transported a group of veterans to Washington D.C and is referred to as Mission 7. After this flight, more than 300 veterans from the Twin Tiers will have participated in the program. 

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Chris    303

We got to see a group of these veterans being escorted to the various monuments last time we were in D.C. A part of me wanted to stop and thank every single one of them for what they've done for us. But it was their moment, and the looks on some of their faces as they saw the monuments, particularly the WW2, was something to see. It was an honor to witness that. 

Have a safe trip Mr Roush, and thank you. 

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KarenK    33

I <3 this so much!!    Dave & I and some friends are participating in a fundraiser for this in July sponsored by the Harley dealership in Alpine.

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Michele    2

Not quite sure if my previous post went thru, but as I mentioned, I am originally from the Twin Tiers and live in Va. for the past 25 years. I belong to Honor Flight Historic Triangle Va. and have just made my 10th Mission with them. One mentioned that they saw a group of Honor Flight while they were touring DC, but didn’t go up to them. Please- go up and said thank you for your service. They love it. And it’ll bring tears to their eyes! These men and women deserve the recognition as being older, they feel that they’ve been forgotten.  There’s many surprises for these folks on their trips and I won’t share. But, they get such the warmest welcome at their Memorial. From the tiniest of child to the oldest biker and veteran and civilian!  Sgt. Roush, I am so excited that you’re one of the Veyerans that will be making this special and unforgettable mission!  Enjoy YOUR whole day and I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE and for keeping us a free nation . God bless you sir! If I didn’t have a wedding next weekend, I would be there to greet you!

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Chris    303

Thanks for the input Michele! At the time I felt like I would be intruding on their special moment, but I'll keep this in mind if the chance arises again. 

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KarenK    33
On 5/9/2018 at 10:38 AM, Michele said:

Not quite sure if my previous post went thru, but as I mentioned, I am originally from the Twin Tiers and live in Va. for the past 25 years. I belong to Honor Flight Historic Triangle Va. and have just made my 10th Mission with them. One mentioned that they saw a group of Honor Flight while they were touring DC, but didn’t go up to them. Please- go up and said thank you for your service. They love it. And it’ll bring tears to their eyes! These men and women deserve the recognition as being older, they feel that they’ve been forgotten.  There’s many surprises for these folks on their trips and I won’t share. But, they get such the warmest welcome at their Memorial. From the tiniest of child to the oldest biker and veteran and civilian!  Sgt. Roush, I am so excited that you’re one of the Veyerans that will be making this special and unforgettable mission!  Enjoy YOUR whole day and I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE and for keeping us a free nation . God bless you sir! If I didn’t have a wedding next weekend, I would be there to greet you!

Well that made me cry.  :)

 

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