PLYMOUTH — On May 18, Guy Taylor, escorted by his guardian Tiffany Dube, flew to Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight New England, the organization makes it possible for World War II veterans and any disabled ones from around New England to tour the historic monuments built in their honor — free of charge.
On this trip, veterans visited the World War II, Vietnam, Korean, and Air Force Memorials. They also saw Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the memorial to the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Greeters saying thank you for the veterans' service were awaiting their arrival as they boarded the plane in Boston, once they touched down in Baltimore, and at just about every stop along the way. They had a police escort anytime that they were on a bus. On the way back to Baltimore, veterans were surprised by a "mail call" in which family members and children wrote letters of thanks for their service. Finally, for dinner veterans had an amazing barbecue buffet hosted by an American Legion in Baltimore.
During World War II, Mr. Taylor served in the US Army 64th Field Artillery Battalion Company C, 25th Infantry Division. He was stationed in the Philippines and then when the war ended, spent one year in Japan as part of the Army of Occupation. Once out of the service, he used his GI Bill to become a lineman and worked for White Mountain Power Company for five years. After that, he went to barber school in Nashua. He then came home to Plymouth, where he opened up his own business "Guy's Barber Shop," which he operated for 48 years before he retired.
Many people helped to make this trip a memory of a lifetime for Taylor. The Lamonte Kennison American Legion Post 76, Rumney, was gracious and donated the necessary $400 for Dube's fee as a guardian. Laura Welch was instrumental in helping to seek out this contribution. Richard Magoon, who is an Air Force Veteran himself, provided transportation to and from the airport. Marianne True and Gerry Buteau provided assistance in paying for fuel costs. Students from the Holderness Elementary School provided letters of thanks for the "mail call," as well as the veteran's family members. Keene Medical donated equipment to help assist Taylor on his flight. Finally, without the directors of this program Joe Byron and Sheila Peters none of this would be possible.