World War Two Veteran Albert Law is one of 72 veterans who next week will be traveling to Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight. Law is a former infantryman in the Army who vividly remembers his first day on the battlefield in the Philippines. "I was shot in the hand. It could have been a lot worse. My hand around my rifle, my rifle was in front of my face. It smashed my rifle and chipped a tooth."
Law was a point man for the 41st infantry, 162nd regiment. During the war he fought in countless places on the southern tip of the Philippines. He was a kid at 19 but fearless. "I was one of those immortal teenagers. That's the kind the Army likes to get."
Law's most treasured keepsake from World War Two is his Nambu pistol that he took in a fight to the finish with a Japanese officer. There was also a Samurai sword but he sold it before leaving the Philippines. "That was a war of patrols where I was. It wasn't no set piece battles."
When the war ended Law spend a year on what he calls "guard duty" in Japan. While he was there is became an amphibious engineer. He operated a bulldozer. Something he was familiar with from his days working in agriculture in Corcoran. Law is one of 72 World War Two Veterans leaving for Washington on Monday aboard the Honor Flight. He admits he knows little about the WWII Memorial but he's looking forward to seeing it and taking a trip down memory lane.
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