When Boscobel’s Wayne Elliott returned to the United States in late 1970 after serving 22 months in Vietnam with the Army, he and his fellow soldiers were greeted with jeers and curses.
It was a completely different and heartening experience this past Saturday when he and 66 other Vietnam veterans landed in Madison after a 10-hour whirlwind tour of military and other monuments in Washington, D.C. with the final Badger Honor Flight of 2017 and 29th since it was instituted in 2010.
“It sure was a lot different than it was when we landed in Oakland 48 years ago and everyone was yelling and cursing at you,” Elliott recalls. “The first thing you wanted to do when you got home was take off your uniform. Times have changed.”
Reflecting on the Honor Flight, Elliott said this was a completely different experience altogether.
For the complete story please see the Oct. 12 issue of the Boscobel Dial.