90-year-old vet heads on final Honor Flight of 2012

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER

KREM.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 5:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The final Honor Flight of the year is taking off Friday morning. Thirty-two veterans and 23 guardians are going on the trip to Washington D.C.

Thomas Peel is one of them. Thomas worked as a radio operation for the US Air Force during World War II. During one of his 17 missions, his plane was shot down during a raid over Tokyo. He was held as a prisoner of war for several months. He was awarded a purple heart and several other metals for his service.

KREM 2 told Thomas many see him as a hero. His response? It's his pleasure to serve the people and land he loves.

"That's the best thing in the world, my heavens," he said. "This is my country right here, even though I was born in England, this is my country. I'll do anything possible to keep this country going."

Thomas said he did donate to one of the memorials he'll be visiting. He said he's heard many people tell him how amazing the trip is and he can't wait to experience it for himself.

Thomas celebrated his 90th birthday last week.

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