"Thankful I Made It": Betsy Jibben's Grandpa Shares Service, Survival

November 9, 2018 08:51 AM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says there are less than half a million World War Two veterans still alive. That dwindling number is why AgDays national reporter, Betsy Jibben, decided to interview her grandfather back in August. Lieutenant Howard Douglas Opheim enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was a pilot of a C-47 plane which carried paratroopers and supplies during WWII.

Unfortunately, Opheim passed away in October before the story aired.

AgDays national reporter Betsy Jibben shares his memories service and survival from a member of greatest generation.



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Spell Check

Dr Ken Jensen
Port Charlotte, FL
11/12/2018 07:01 AM

  This was special, thank you Betsy for sharing

James Mitchell
Ulysses , KS
11/12/2018 08:46 AM

  Thank you Betsy! Very good interview, your grandpa was a very special person, thank you for sharing his story.

Lubbock , TX
11/12/2018 01:24 PM

  These stories bring tears to my eyes. My father, Glen, served in the 8th Army Air Corp from 1942 to early 1946. 82% of the flight crews didn’t make it home. Dad did & married a young widow whose first husband didn’t. We owe these folks everything we have. Being a former Big Red 1 Officer I feel a special place in my heart for them and their families. Thanks for the story & the message


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