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Vets reunite for final time

I was at Travis Museum checking out the old planes that have been restored; some were near 100 years old.

Fifteen World War II veterans from the 14th Air Service Group and 987th Signal Company, also known as the Flying Tigers, held their last reunion on Sept. 5, 2013, at the Travis Heritage Center.

The 14th Air Service Group was a 250-man unit composed of Chinese- American servicemen. The group was part of Major General Claire Chennault’s 14th Air Force Flying Tigers, who served in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

The veterans spent their reunion chatting, laughing and enjoying all the displays the museum had to offer, inside and outside.

Edwin Len was part of the 555th Air Service Squadron during his enlistment and during this time he met his wingman, Wing Lai. They have been friends since 1943. They remember being to numerous locations throughout Asia, each place with its own special story.

The stories that both clearly recounted where those of their convoy of Burma Road, and flying over the Hump, a spot over the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains they flew through to transport aircraft from India to China.

It made this old boy feel very old to know that I knew a couple of these men — all heroes.

Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfi eld, Calif.

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