Knight proud of military service as WWII Navy pilot in Pacific Theatre
Freeman Knight never imagined himself ever flying an airplane, let alone becoming a Navy pilot during World War II.
He credits a friend with making it possible to get a bird’s-eye view of Japan while stationed aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean.
“We both wanted to become pilots and the only way that was going to happen was for us to make the trip to Kansas City,” said Knight, who was living and working on the family farm near O’Neill, Nebr., at the time.
Had they enlisted at nearby Norfolk, Nebr., they would have to settle for being a Seaman 2nd Class. In order to become pilots they had to enlist in Kansas City, recalls Knight, who will turn 100-years-old in July.
Knight passed the physical. His friend didn’t.
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