Robert Gregor, who resides at The Fountains at Greenbriar in Independence, has been notified that he will be included in a group of World War II veterans to be flown to the nation’s capital next month courtesy of Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.

Robert Gregor, who resides at The Fountains at Greenbriar in Independence, has been notified that he will be included in a group of World War II veterans to be flown to the nation’s capital next month courtesy of Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.

Gregor applied for this opportunity after learning about it at a presentation made to veterans at The Fountains at Greenbriar by representatives from Kendallwood Hospice a few months ago.

Gregor has lived at The Fountains at Greenbriar since 1994. Earlier this week, he told Community Life Director, Sarah Albin, about his military service. He joined the Navy in 1944 and first worked as a cook at Coast Guard Station in St. Louis. He shipped out to the Philippines in January of 1945 and also served in Guam during WWII. He was discharged in 1946 but decided to rejoin the Navy in 1947. During that time, he was stationed on a destroyer called the U.S.S. Furse off the East Coast.

He served in Japan from 1947-48 and in the tail end of the Korean War. He was discharged finally in Sept. 1951. He has a liberation medal and China service medal.

Mr. Gregor will be transported with other WWII heroes to Washington, D.C. next month to visit and reflect at the WWII Memorial. The trip will be at no cost to Mr. Gregor.

Donations are not accepted by the organization from WWII Vets, only on their behalf, according to their website, www.honorflight.org.