Tony Kunzman, a World War II era veteran from Albion, will join many other World War II veterans from this Midwest on the Heartland Honor Flight to Washington, DC, next Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Tony served in the U.S. Army, and was sworn into military service on the day Germany surrendered in May, 1945. After basic training, he was aboard a troop ship on the way to Japan the day atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945.
He was a military policeman and spent about 1 1/2 years in Japan as part of the occupation forces.
After returning home from military service, Tony became a mail carrier. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years, retiring in 1989.
Since his retirement, he has been active in the American Legion and is a member of the Honor Guard for the funerals of local military veterans.
Tony and his wife, Karen, will travel to Omaha on Oct. 21, where a program and dinner will be held for the veterans at the Holiday Inn, 72nd and Grover. Veterans will board their flight to Washington, DC, at 5 a.m. on Oct. 22.