Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-03 21:52:31 –
Darlington, South Carolina (WBTW) — A World War II veteran in Darlington County boarded a vintage plane on Friday.
A 96-year-old World War II veteran, Rocky Ganon flies on the fully restored 1940 Boeing-Stearman project and lives one of his dreams.
“Today is probably the second most exciting moment after my honeymoon 70 years ago,” said Ganon.
Ganon has completed more than 400 combat missions.
“Someone loves me,” he said. “I was in World War II, South Korea, Belgian Congo, civilians, and Vietnam for a year, so I did everything I thought of when I was a kid.”
On Friday, volunteer pilot Marcus Smith took him to his final flight.
“There is no better time than it is now,” Smith said. “We estimate that it will take about five to seven years to die for the majority of World War II veterans. We are now if they leave and do not do what they did. I can’t do that. “
The last flight Gannon said brings back memories of his first flight.
“I remember that first day and how kind the gentleman was,” Ganon said. “I was nine years old. He didn’t notice, he died after flying somewhere in the mountains, but I’m always thinking of him. As a result of him flying me If he can see what he has done, I will say. ”
Ganon smiled at his face and the daughters on his side and said one thing was certain.
“I’m the worst in the world and this is the biggest in the world,” he said. “So I’m happy and I hope I can hang out a little more.”
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