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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 7, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com A dream come true II he in Pilot Todd Nunn (left) helps D.W. Harry into his L-16A Champion Tuesday morning for Harry's own local "honor flight." Right, Todd Nunn and D.W. Harry taxi on the runway at the North Big Horn County Airport just before liftoff on their flight honoring Harry for his service during World War II. The flight was a dream come true for Harry and his daughter, Darla. i; i / ~! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: , BY DAVID PECK A Lovell man who fought for his country in World War II received a special treat this week - a flight in a vintage airplane courtesy of Lovell pilot Todd Nunn. David W. "D.W." Har- ry, 88, who a few months ago moved to Lovell from Riverton and is a resident at the New Horizons Care Center, fought in the South Pacific as a top turret gun- ner in a North American PBJ-1 bomber, flying for the U.S. Marine Air Corps as a member of 443rd Ma- rine Bombing Squadron. The PBJ-1 was the Navy/ Marine Corps version of the famous B-25 Mitchell twin-engine bomber made famous by Jimmy Doolit- tle's morale-boosting raid on Tokyo in April of 1942. As the turret gunner, Harry fired twin 50-caliber machine guns. One of his Marine Air Corps buddies was Bill Stanbaugh of Cody. Nunn, an EMT at North Big Horn Hospital, befriended Harry at the care center and borrowed his books about the war in the South Pacific, he said. "We visited about flying and said to each other, We need to go flying,'" Nunn said. D.W.'s daughter, Dar- la Kleiner of Lovell, had tried to get someone in Riv- erton to take her father up for a flight when they lived there - with no success. After plenty of talk about a flight, Nunn decid- ed to make it happen. "D.W. and his genera- tion did more for this coun- try than people want to ad- mit," Nunn said. "We have a fellow in our community it's quite an honor to know. D.W. and others left their country and went through hell, and I thought it was time to get him up in the friendly skies." Nunn, a veteran of 15 years flying for the Civil Air Patrol and 23 years of flying overall, had a perfect airplane for D.W. - a vin- tage 1947 Aeronca L-16A Champion. The L-16A was a two-seat, high-wing liai- son airplane that served extensively in the Korean War and was used for ob- servation, search and res- cue, forward air control, ar- tillery spotting and more, Nunn said. Built in Middletown, Ohio, Nunn's Champion has been restored and is now painted in Air Force colors. D.W. arrived at North Big Horn County Airport north of Cowley Tuesday morning with Darla and Tom Kleiner. Fellow hos- pital EMT Steven Hecker came along to assist. Nunn had the plane ready to go and gave D.W. a leather flight jacket to wear. D.W. took the back seat, was strapped in and proudly donned the headphones and mic to talk with Nunn during the flight. After a brief warmup and an ai- leron and rudder check, Nunn and Harry took off with plans to circle the hospital and care center and see some of the coun- try around Lovell. Daughter Darla's eyes filled with tears as her dad took off into the clear blue sky. For her, it was a dream come true. For Todd Nunn, it was a good deed that just needed to be done, a way to honor a member of the Greatest Generation. Since the start of recent re- cycling efforts in Lovell, marked by a drop-off location at Lovell Middle School in mid-2007, more and more materials have been making their way to a recycling center each year, instead of being dumped in a landfill. About 51,880 pounds, nearly 26 tons, of material has been re- cycled using the two trailers at the Red Apple parking lot in the past year, according to Christy Fleming of the National Park Service. "The recycling trailers are an example of true community pride and effort," Fleming said. The recycling program start- ed with former hospital employ- ee Del Weinhold with containers at LMS and today is now main- tained by the NPS, Forest Ser- vice, Town of Lovell and recy- cling volunteers Will Wipf and Bob DeRocher. In the early days of the pro- gram the trailer was hauled ev- ery other week with an aver- age of 1,500 pounds per load. In June of 2010 a second trailer was added just for cardboard. Since that time the trailers have been hauled on an alternating sched- ule. The cardboard trailer av- erages 600 pounds per trip and the recycling trailer has been be- tween 1,500 to 2,000 pounds or more per trip. "We have seen the recycling trailer continue to be full and overflowing on the new sched- ule," Fleming said. In November the cardboard trailer will be hauled every other week on Wednesdays and the re- cycling trailer will make a week- ly Thursday trip. The addition of the cardboard trailer has cut down the amount of recycling left as overflow around the trail- er by opening new spaces in the recycling trailer, Fleming said. "The new schedule will hope- the volume of materials has in- creased. She said recyclables dropped off at the Lovell Post Office are also trucked to the Powell Recycling Center in the recycling trailers. Fleming said they have been receiving a lot of cardboard and that the paper and plastic bins are almost always overflowing by the time of the semi-weekly trip. "It's exciting to see the com- munity continue to use the re- cycling trailers and continue to make the program grow," she said. "I hope to see it get bigger in the future." Fleming said everyone in- volved in the recycling program would like to thank the commu- nity for its continued support ...................................................................................................... She said the NPS appreciates the volunteers and agencies that fully alleviate that completely help to haul the recycling trail- while encouraging even more re- cycling," she said. Fleming said the numbers are slightly skewed because the program stopped accepting glass recyclables, so the total weight has gone down slightly, though er and Mary Jo Decker and the Powell Valley Recycling Center and the Red Apple for making the program possible. For questions or if you would like to volunteer, contact Jenni- fer Schneider at 307-548-5420. ~iii:::~iii.::::iiiililililililililiiiiiiililiiii~iiii~!ii~i~:::!~!:i~:~i Big Horn County $25 I In Wyoming $35 I Outside Wyoming $40 Offer good through Oct. 8, 2010 Call today to get your new subscription started! 307-548-2217 w~ accept www.lovellchronicle.com 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431 1 307-548-2217 H t