MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - In a quiet neighborhood in east Montgomery, there is no doubt Charles Oswalt has had a good life. He helped win World War Two as a radioman with his bomb squadron.
"We sent and received Morse code messages," said Oswalt.
He helped raised two children with his wife of 50 years and retired from the same company after 39 years or hard work. Now, Oswalt is a published author. 'Luck of the Albatross' flips back to his days in the war, a tribute to the men he served with and the friends he lost.
"In one air raid we lost around 250 people," Oswalt recalled.
At age 91 Oswalt survived a stroke and is winning the battle against cancer, but time is taking a toll. He says he doesn't think he'll be strong enough to make a very special trip to Washington, D.C. in early May.
"It'll be a long day. I don't think I can stand it," said Oswalt.
It is on May 2nd when the organizers of the River Region Honor Flight chapter will make their third trip to the World War Two Memorial. Ninety veterans are going along with dozens of guardians, but Oswalt won't be among them, and he's not the only one. Ten other veterans have dropped out of the trip, mostly due to health reasons.
"It would be nice to see it with your own eyes and to be able to see alot of things," said Oswalt.
For the veterans who are going the trip will include quick stops to the Vietnam Memorial and the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery.
"I've learned to take disappointments as they come," said Oswalt.
Disappointed, yes but at 91 Charles 'Ozzie' Oswalt has learned to take disappointments in stride. After all this is a soldier who saw so much in a destructive and bloody conflict.
Organizers say the May 2nd flight is booked up, no more room but there may be a 4th flight in the fall.
The flights are free of charge to the veterans and guardians, thanks to contributors throughout the River Region.