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World War II vet from D-Day taking Honor Flight this weekend

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Osberg holding up his honor flight shirt. Osberg holding up his honor flight shirt.
Newspaper article written on him. Newspaper article written on him.
Osberg wheeling his way around Montebello Healthcare Center Osberg wheeling his way around Montebello Healthcare Center
Holding up the hat that he will wear on the flight. Holding up the hat that he will wear on the flight.
He says he gets a lot of people that tell him thank you in the community. He says he gets a lot of people that tell him thank you in the community.
HAMILTON, Ill. (WGEM) -

In just a few days, 33 local veterans will head to Washington, D.C., on Mission 47 of the Great River Honor Flight. However, this flight is special because it involves a World War II veteran who was on the front lines during D-Day. 

94-year-old Irving Osberg was a medic with the army during World War II and was in Normandy, France.

Osberg grew up in northern Iowa, in the city of Spencer.

Irving Osberg is one of the few living World War II vets from the hawkeye state. 

"I think it's hundreds a day, that are passing away," Osberg said.  

He said Saturday's Honor Flight will be an emotional day. At the pre-flight on Sunday, veterans and their families gave him a standing ovation and are happy that he is taking part in Mission 47. 

"They are all heroes and veterans and it was something I could hardly take," he said. 

He served as a medic during D-Day and has seen it all.

He said the soldiers were not prepared for that day.

"They brought them back in train loads," Osberg said. "That was bad. Those are the things you don't like to think that much about." 

Because of that, people on the street thank him for his service. 

"Those are the kind of people that have made my life and have made it beautiful," Osberg said.  

He said a lot of emotions will hit him at the memorial site in our nations capital.

"It'll be amazing because of all the names that are on there," he said. "I have three brothers, that their names should be on there."

Saturday night, he can check seeing the memorials off his list of life events. 

"It's going to top everything," he said. "It'll be, you might say, in my last chapter of my life, the ultimate." 

He is also going on the trip with his close friend Roger Houston from Keokuk.

The two have coffee twice a week at Montebello Healthcare Center in Hamilton, Illinois and Osberg said he has not missed a meeting in the year and half that he's been there.

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