World War II veteran John DiMartino to be honored with trip to D.C. war memorial

Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

John DiMartino
John DiMartino

Local World War II Navy veteran John DiMartino will be making the trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. this Memorial Day thanks to the work of the Talons Out Honor Flight organization, which transports veterans to see their particular war memorial.

Leading up to this occasion, DiMartino’s daughter Cristy DiMartino is asking people to write letters of support to her father—which is customary with the Talons Out veteran transport events—which will be presented to veterans during their flight back to Michigan after seeing the memorial in Washington, D.C.

“The idea is to give him a bag of mail from his family and friends,” said Cristy.

According to Talons Out, “Mail call is a very personal, very touching way to let our veterans know that, even after all these years, their sacrifices are still appreciated.”

John joined the US Navy in 1942 was deployed in San Diego, Calif., and was stationed in the Gilbert Marshall Islands.

He left the service with the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, WWII, United States Navy, and Good Conduct metals.

After finishing his time in the Navy, DiMartino earned his private pilots license and became the airport manager for four years in Grand Haven.

Please send cards or letters by May 20 to:

Talons Out Honor Flight

C/O Mail Call

7950 Moorsbridge Road,

Suite 300

Portage, MI 49024

People are also encouraged to attend the homecoming ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. with the movie “Honor Flight” and a chance to greet the returning veterans at approximately 8:45 p.m. On Saturday May 31 at Kalamazoo’s Wings Stadium.