Brinker and Johnson go on Washington, D.C. Honor Flight

by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer

Alfred ‘Manley’ Johnson of Bigfork and Dan Brinker of Effie went on the latest Honor Flight Northland one-day April 30 trip to Washington, D.C.

Originally, Brinker had applied to be a guardian for the two military veterans that were going to make this trip to see all of the veterans memorials in Washington. “But,” he said, “I was told that I was going as one of the veterans, as they had plenty of volunteers signed up for the trip.”

There were 80 veterans and 60 guardians that went on the ninth Honor Flight trip. The first one went to Washington, D.C. in May of 2011. For the veterans this is a free trip to the nation’s capital to see the veterans memorials. Guardians do have to pay their own way.

Johnson and Brinker were the only veterans going from this area on the 2016 trip. The third individual who had intended to go, Pat Jackson, was not able to make the flight due to health concerns.

Johnson served during the Korean War era. A war that is often referred to as the ‘forgotten war.’ He was in the Army from 1950 to 1952 in the 1st Infantry Division for most of his time in the service. He had started out in the 4th Infantry Division Company B before being transfered to the 1st Division and doing his time of service in the United States.

Brinker served during the Vietam War. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1972 and served in Que Son Valley in Vietnam. He was with Alpha Company 1st Battalion 5th Regiment 1st Marine Division 2nd Platoon-2nd Squad.

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