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WWII Veteran Reunion

KING 5 News Reports- A reunion 72 years in the making started with a chance encounter at the magazine rack in a Michigan bookstore. On Tuesday, October 31, it all came together with a simple salute at Paul Allen's Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum in Everett. Commander Bob Turnell, 93, and Lt. Ray Owen, 95, came together in a rare reunion of two members of America's Greatest Generation.

"He looks great," said Owen.

"Well, I'm still alive," replied Turnell, pretending to check his pulse.

As young men, the two were stationed on the USS Wasp aircraft carrier in August of 1942. In one battle, Lt. Owen narrowly escaped death -- the tip of his wing shot off by a Japanese fighter pilot. Each man still has his pilot's log book, the names of 16 men who didn't come home forever written in those pages and on their hearts.

"I've never forgotten my squadron," said Owen. "That's been in my mind forever. We lost a lot of good men back then."

The men were brought together when Ray's son, Ray Jr., came across a magazine in a Michigan bookstore containing an interview with Bob Turnell. With the help of the museum, he tracked the commander down in Bothell, and 72 years later the two came together again.

"They were 21, 22 years old, join the Navy, jump into one of these planes and go off to war," Ray, Junior beamed with pride. "I couldn't do that. Not then, not now."

The men and their families were given a personal tour of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage and Combat Museum, complete with the Corsair fighter each of them flew -- a flying machine turned time machine connecting two of our greatest once again. The reunion was part of a series put together by NBC Learn and Vulcan Productions. Click here to the story.

Give the Gift of Membership

With year-round events, an ever-growing collection of aircraft, combat armor, and history-focused multimedia exhibits, now is the perfect time to buy an annual membership to FHCAM at 20% OFF! There is always something new to experience, and by becoming a member you'll enjoy unlimited admission for a full year, plus a number of additional benefits. Please note that no refunds are given for memberships.

Membership Benefits Include:
Unlimited free visits for one year
Free admission to all 2017 FHCAM signature events
15% discount on all gift shop purchases
Member newsletter
Member open house
Exclusive member preview days
VIP perks at FHCAM Events
25% off admission at MoPOP (does not apply to events)...
50% off admission at the Living Computers Museum + Labs (does not apply to events)
Take your membership card when you travel! Enjoy free admission to more than 350 participating Association of Science-Technology Centers worldwide through the ASTC Passport Program

Deal ends November 25th! Membership must be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets to receive the 20% discount. Purchase Membership(s) today!

Once you have purchased your membership online, simply bring the printed receipt into the museum to redeem.

Give the Gift of Membership this Holiday Season!

Around the Artifact

TOMORROW NIGHT- The Huey helicopter is an icon of Vietnam and the 1960s and 70s. Get up close and personal with the FHCAM’s UH-1B Huey gunship. Patrick Najmulski, Wargaming Seattle’s Director of Military Research, will discuss the impact of the Huey, explain the mechanical systems, and lead an in-depth, hands on tour of this amazing aircraft.

Doors Open: 6:00 PM for FHCAM Members / 6:30 PM for the General Public

Ticket Info
$20 General Admission
$15 FHCAM Member
$10 youth (6-17)
$10 FHCAM Volunteer
Free Children (5 and under)

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket desk upon arrival to the collection during normal business hours.

Touch Down City

November 20th- On November 20th stop by the FHCAM booth at Touch Down City before the Salute to Armed Forces Seahawks game to see the Sherman Tank and the D-Day Flag! After the game FHCAM welcomes everyone who brings their Salute to Armed Forces game day ticket stub into the museum for 50% off admission!

This beautiful part of American history is finishing up a 9 month long tour. Where can you see the flag next?

CenturyLink Field: November 20

Museum of Flight: December 11

Tanks Giving

On December 2nd from 10am-2pm, join the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) for the holiday event of the season- Tanks Giving.

Tanks Giving brags of a magical Santa Village, hot cocoa station, ginger bread cookie decorating for the kids, delicious food trucks, a scavenger hunt, craft stations, World of Tanks video game stations, face painting, RC Tank demo, a special showing of The Santa Clause in the theater, SNOW, and much more! Santa will be in his magical village taking professional photos with families from 11:30am-2pm free of charge.

To celebrate this season of giving FHCAM has partnered with Teen Feed. This local non-profit works with the community to offer support and meet basic needs, buil...d strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. Bring in an item off the list below to receive FREE entry into Tanks Giving! One free admission per item donated. Items needed this holiday season include new or gently used sleeping bags (portable, waterproof covers), tents and tarps, rain gear, backpacks, hooded sweatshirts (dark colors), boots and Carhart-type Workpants (large sizes), hats, gloves, hand warmers, packs of paired wool socks, flat of ramen noodle cups, Costco size Granola bars, nuts, healthy protein snacks, and $20 gift cards to Walgreens, Target and Goodwill. Cash donations are welcome as well! All charitable gifts to help those who need it the most this holiday season.

• 10am Doors Open
• 10am-2pm Kids Activities, Face Painting, Hot Cocoa Station, Cookie Decorating,
• 10am & 12pm- Viewing of The Santa Clause in FHCAM Movie Theater
• 11am Santa Arrives by Tank from the North Pole
• 11:30am-2:00pm Santa Village/Santa photos
• 2pm Event Ends
• 5pm Museum Closes

Important Highlights
• First 200 guests through the door receive a FREE Tanks Giving button
• Free professional photo with Santa- included with FHCAM Admission
• Ginger Bread Tank Decorating Station
• Get your face painted by a fabulous artist
• See Santa arrive from the North Pole by tank
• Make fun holiday craft projects
• Remote Control Tank Demonstrations
• Snow falling from the sky
• Stop by the World of Tanks video game stations
• Catch a special showing of The Santa Clause in the FHCAM Movie Theater
• Holiday themed scavenger hunt
• Teen Feed Charity Donation onsite

Admission Prices:
$14 Adults
$12 Seniors (65+)
$12 Military
$10 Youth (6-17)
Free Children (5 and under)
Free to FHCAM Members
AAA discount available
Free admission with charitable donation to Teen Feed (see above list for donation items)

For more information email info@flyingheritage.com or call 206-342-4242
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Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum
3407 109th St SW
Everett, WA 98204

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