Ann Fish Special at News & Record
For several weeks, Dallas Barber was unsure whether he would be aboard the Triad Honor Flight to see memorials honoring the fallen, but when the plane took off on Veterans Day, he was one of the five WWII veterans on board.
A total of 95 veterans who served in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Cold War era, along with chaperones, medical personnel and other volunteers, made up a total about 200 people during the excursion.
A month earlier, Barber, who served in the Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946, had been admitted to Annie Penn Hospital after falling at his home in the Monroeton area. That morning, Barber told his wife, Mary Jean, to cancel the trip to Washington, but she refrained from doing so.
After spending three days in the hospital, Barber was sent home, but he still feared he wouldn’t be able to make the trip because he couldn’t walk. But, thanks to three occupational therapists who worked with him from home three times a week, he was waiting at the door when his tutor Terry Davis arrived to take him to the airport.
âHe called me and told me he would be ready at 5 am,â but Davis told him he would be there at 6 am.
âWhen I walked into his yard, he was walking out the door,â said Davis, a retired Army master sergeant with 20 years of service. “He was tearing and roaring and was eager to go.”