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World War II veteran reflects on "rewarding" heroes flight

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Tyler (KYTX) --      A week ago-- he was in the air on a flight to the nation's capital-- honoring him for his service. Today, the East Texas World WarII veteran tells us  it was the single most rewarding experience of his life.

 "I joined the Navy before my mother knew it," Allen Brown, an 88-year-old Navy veteran, said.

Brown served on the high seas from 1944 to 1946.

"I was on a PC that's a patrol craft, and the only thing it was made for was to sink subs," Brown said.

He won't tell you-- but Brown's friends say he saw deadly action. To honor his service -- he was one aboard the Brookshire's heroes flight last Thursday. Brown saw things like the famous Enola gay B-29 bomber, fighter jets, and memorials. But he says none of that compared to his favorite sight--on his last night.

"And I looked and hey that's my niece! I didn't even know she was going to be there. I hadn't seen her for a year and she's been...she's been my mother," Brown said.
   
He sits next to his Bible to write an autobiography about his experiences, including his unique childhood in Panama.
 
"The book he has written about his life is most interesting," said George Martin, also a WWII veteran and Brown's friend, said.

Now he and Brown relax in quieter times-- thankful for the past--and grateful for the present.
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