MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jim McDougal and August Riebe are mates. August is 10, and Jim is 98, and a World Conflict II veteran.
August flagged Jim down when he was strolling by his home sooner or later.
“After which he seemed me within the eye and he stated, ‘Thanks on your service, sir,’” Jim stated.
Jim grew up Iowa, and enlisted when he was 18 years previous, ending up a pilot within the battle.
He was honored Sunday at a Memorial Day service, at which he additionally spoke. Serving to in his presentation was August, who wore Jim’s headgear, and displayed a mannequin of the airplane he used to pilot. This respect August has for veterans comes from his personal father.
“My dad at all times needed his kids, me and my sister, to thank everyone who serves our nation,” August stated.
His dad was a hockey participant and a marathon runner. In 2015, when August was 4, his father handed away all of a sudden whereas taking part in in a pond hockey match.
August was fairly younger, however he nonetheless remembers Dad.
“He was very loving and caring, he’s very enthusiastic and energetic like me,” August stated.
And on this Memorial Day, August is aware of that if his dad was right here, with August’s mother and sister, he would see in his son what he at all times hoped he would develop into.
“I believe he’d be very pleased with me, and I already know he’s,” August stated.
“I believe he’s, too,” Jim stated. “He’s very pleased with you.”