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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 8:10 am

Les Buirch was honored on the weekend of Oct. 11 by going to Washington, D.C., with the Honor Flight of Northern California. He served in the Army during Word War II. He was stationed in Japan.

Buirch was accompanied by his son-in-law Harvey Webb and granson, Warrant Officer Travis Green. They toured the military monuments, the Capitol and the Smithsonian. The best part was being surprised on the trip by Green, and being honored for a job so long ago.

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