25th CAB assists at aviation museum’s R/C airshow

| August 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
Community members check out the Kiowa donated by the 25th CAB to the Pacific Aviation Museum  at the Biggest Littlest Airshow, Aug. 16.

Community members check out the Kiowa donated by the 25th CAB to the Pacific Aviation Museum at the Biggest Littlest Airshow, Aug. 16.

 

Story and photos by Capt. Heba Bullock
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Volunteers from the supported the Pacific Aviation Museum’s “Biggest Littlest Airshow,” a radio-controlled airshow, Aug. 15-16.

The Soldiers, donned in either red volunteer unit T-shirts, maintained security or assisted in the Vietnam veterans exhibit area. They were excited about the opportunity to interact with the local community and speak to the veterans.

“This was a great experience to learn from courageous leaders who went before us,” said Pfc. Paul Toth, Delta Company, 3-25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB. “Their stories are remarkable, especially the (former) prisoner of war that I talked to.”

Toth spoke to several veterans, but 95-year-old Harold Rideout, a World War II POW in Italy, stood out to him the most.

“I was serving in the Air Force when my plan crashed in Italy. They took me. I was a prisoner of war in Italy for 10 months until I escaped,” said Rideout. “I am truly loving this air show and enjoying talking to all our young service members about history. “

The 25th CAB strives to remain involved in the community assisting where needed to continue to give back and build a solid foundation within Hawaii.

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  1. Ardie Rolston says:

    Aloha Capt. Bullock!
    Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to our friend Hal Rideout,
    the WWII prisoner of war in Italy. He was so thrilled to be able to talk with
    others, and fully enjoyed his day at the airshow.
    We would love to have any photos of him that you or any others took that day, and a copy of the newspaper the interview was published in. We’d greatly appreciate it as we want to be able to share them with his family and his church family. Also, then to have as keepsakes documenting his experiences for younger generations.
    Mahalo nui loa, and God bless you!

    Ardie Rolston and friends

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