Local veterans making Honor Flight trip


Dubois County veterans will be among the 85 veterans going on the Southern Indiana Honor Flight Saturday.

According to its website, Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is the 133rd Honor Flight Network hub, and serves the Indiana counties of Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick.

John Gehlhausen and Herbert Welp of Jasper, Joseph Fischer of Birdseye and David McPike of Celestine will board a charter plane with other veterans to fly out of the Evansville Regional Airport Saturday morning. They will fly to Washington, D.C., and spend the day visiting different war memorials and Arlington Cemetery. The group will return that night to a heroes’ welcome parade celebrating their service to our country.

Gehlhausen, 82, served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He was stationed in Korea in 1957 and 1958.

He is looking forward to visiting the nation’s capital with his son Brian, who will accompany him. “I’m looking forward to seeing the Korean War monument,” he said. “I’m interested in seeing it all. But I want to see what that one looks like.”

Welp, 87, served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956 and was in the Korean War. He earned several medals during his service, but is most proud of his Good Conduct Medal.

Welp is looking forward to seeing the sights. His daughter-in-law, Cheryl Welp, will accompany him on the trip.

Fischer, who is also going on the flight, served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1955. McPike served in the U.S. Navy.

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