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WWII vet from Hawaii returns to Europe for D-Day anniversary

John Gleeson, a World War II veteran, is the sole representative from Hawaii who embarked on a poignant journey back to Europe to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Gleeson, who flew combat missions during the war with the famed 8th Air Force, joined over 70 other distinguished WWII veterans on an American Airlines sponsored trip bound for Normandy, France.

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John Gleeson arrives in a van on Wednesday at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The World War II veteran is the sole representative from Hawaii who embarked on a poignant journey back to Europe to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Gleeson, who flew combat missions during the war with the famed 8th Air Force, joined over 70 other distinguished WWII veterans on an American Airlines sponsored trip bound for Normandy, France.
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John Gleeson, front, greets well wishers upon his arrival at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
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John Gleeson, second from left, greets well wishers upon his arrival at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
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John Gleeson, right, reacts upon his arrival on Wednesday at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
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John Gleeson, right, accompanied by Tracie Hunter, president of Beyond the Call, arrives at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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John Gleeson, right, accompanied by Tracie Hunter, president of Beyond the Call, arrives at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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John Gleeson, right, shakes hands with longtime friend Hank Bruckner, left, upon arrival at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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John Gleeson, middle, accompanied by Tracie Hunter, left, president of Beyond the Call, arrives at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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John Gleeson embraces well wishers upon his arrival at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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John Gleeson walks past a Color Guard as he arrives at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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John Gleeson walks past a Color Guard as he arrives at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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Clint Churchill, right, former commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard, presents a personalized bomber jacket to John Gleeson.
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Clint Churchill, left, former commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard, shares a flight memory with John Gleeson.
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Clint Churchill, right, former commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard, presents a personalized bomber jacket to John Gleeson.
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John Gleeson, right, embraces Tracie Hunter, president of Beyond the Call, at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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John Gleeson, left, enjoys the company of dozens of friends and well wishers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.
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John Gleeson, middle, shares a laugh with friends at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Wednesday.