World War II

Local News
10:18 am
Tue May 7, 2013

WWII Vet Didn't Want To See War Memorial, But Now He's Going

Vince Adametz with his WWII medals
Credit Briana Duggan

Seventy-seven World War II veterans from upstate South Carolina are on their way Tuesday morning to see their memorial in Washington DC. They’re taking what’s called an Honor Flight.  These flights have transported thousands of vets to DC free of charge since the memorial opened in 2004.  With an estimated 600 World War II vets dying every day, there’s a real urgency to these flights.

Vince Adametz is one vet on the flight who thought he’d never make the trip. 


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Local News
1:18 am
Mon December 24, 2012

German Daughter Finds, Meets Her World War II American GI Father

From left, Ross Walker talks to daughter Elvira Breu Rypacek and her husban, Raimun Briechles in October at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Ashley Talley WFAE

Earlier this year, Ross Walker Jr. received a letter from Germany with incredible news.

He called a reporter. “This poor old guy is probably the victim of another scam,” she thought.

It turns out that Mr. Walker had a story better than she could have imagined - a story with history, love and family…

On that first afternoon, Ross Walker Jr. sat in his easy chair in the living room of his small, neat apartment on the 5th floor of Edwin Towers, a Charlotte Housing Authority building for seniors on the edge of Uptown Charlotte

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