North Texas Patriot Guard Riders escorted Marine Corps veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, Staff Sergeant James Haun and his wife, Connie, from Sherman to the Santa Fe Depot Saturday for the start of a memorable trip by rail.
Several Gainesville Police officers, Medal of Honor Host City volunteers and area residents were on hand for the sendoff.
The train arrived around 11:05 a.m. bound for San Diego where Haun will attend a reunion of the “Chosin Few” — an organization of U.S. Marine Corps and Navy survivors of the Battle of Chosen Reservior.
The Hauns, married for 63 years, will attend the events made possible by two nonprofit organizations — '97 The Dog Tags Association and the Twilight Wish Foundation which makes seniors' dreams come true.
Haun saw heavy fighting with the Seventh Marine Regiment in the pivotal battle of Korea's Chosin Reservoir in 1950 — the Marines' remarkable fighting withdrawal surrounded by 10 Chinese Divisions.