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World War II (1939-1945)

A long-deserved, unexpected hero's welcome

A long-deserved, unexpected hero's welcome

When a 90-year-old experiences something he describes as one of the high points of his life, that is really saying something. But that is how Samuel Cascio of Oak Brook describes the Honor Flight he took from Chicago to Washington, D.C., June 3. Cascio, a retired dentist, was a radioman in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945. He learned about the Honor Flight organization on a flight to Florida about a year ago. Cascio was wearing a cap with "World War II Veteran" embroidered on it, so John Ptak, the president of Honor Flight Chicago, who was on the same flight, stopped to ask him if he had been on an Honor Flight. "What's that?" Cascio asked. He learned Honor...