Korean War Veteran Floyd Ermer served in the Navy during the Korean War, enlisting in 1951.

Ermer returned from an Honor Flight Wednesday evening, May 9, escorted by the Naperville Fire Department and was welcomed home by friends and family.

As an electrician in the Navy, Ermer was sent to the U.S. Naval Base in Sasebo, Japan. He was assigned to the USS Curlew, a 136-foot minesweeper which had a crew of 28. The vessel cleared mines in the Wonsan Harbor combat zone near North Korea and among his many responsibilities was operating a sweep generator control box that sent electronic pulses into the water to detect mines. 

After the Korean War Armistice in 1953, Ermer finished his military career in San Diego which ended in 1955. He then returned to his family farm in Iowa.

 

About Honor Flight Chicago

Honor Flight Chicago was founded in 2008 to recognize America’s senior war veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C. to tour the memorials built in their honor. The one-day, all-expense paid trip is filled with appreciation, tributes, memories and gratitude.

If you know a WWII or Korean War Veteran that has not yet been on the trip to Washington, D.C., get in touch with Honor Flight Chicago – regardless of health conditions. 

To learn more, visit www.honorflightchicago.org. Honor Flight Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

In addition, the DuPage Veterans Foundation hosts a fundraiser to benefit Honor Flight Chicago on the first Saturday in May. Check out this video from the 2018 event at DuPage Airport that showcases support from DuPage Riders. In 2019, the family-friendly fundraiser will be presented from 11AM to 2PM, Sat., May 4.

May is National Military Appreciation Month

Since 1999, May has been designated as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) to encourage U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. Though PN recognizes freedoms protected by military service every day of every month, tributes are especially prominent as the City plans its annual Memorial Day Observances and Parade on May 28.