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Local veterans to make Honor Flight

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 2nd, 2014

"Doc" Cotton, right, shares a story, which elicits a smile from fellow WW II veteran Richard Gottlieb, left, as they share lunch at Hunan's in Alamosa. Courier photo by Ruth Heide

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — In honor of their service so many years ago, and throughout their lives since, two local World War II veterans will join other veterans in a special trip to Washington, D.C. next month.

Richard Gottlieb and Jack “Doc” Cotton have been chosen to participate in an Honor Flight on May 2 from Colorado. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that pays tribute to World War II veterans by flying them free of charge to Washington, D.C. and coordinating events in their honor. The two San Luis Valley men will travel to Colorado Springs where they will be bused to Denver to catch a flight to Washington, D.C.

Gottlieb was a gunner and gunner instructor who served with the 15th Air Force, 55th Bomb Wing, at Pantanella Air Base, Italy during World War II. Cotton served on military troop transport ships in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific arena.

Both men served from 1943 to 1946.

For the complete article see the 04-02-2014 issue.

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