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St. Louis Honor Flight Program

A Tribute to the Greatest Generation

First Bank has partnered  with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight (GSLHF) and the St. Louis Blues for  “First Bank’s Tribute to the Greatest Generation.”  GSLHF honors St. Louis area veterans’ service to our country by providing an all-inclusive trip to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built in their honor. 

Through April 2018, we will pay tribute to a different veteran each month.  The veteran will be introduced to the fans in attendance at the Blues game and an emotional tribute video will be broadcast on the Jumbotron. 

Our goal is to not only honor these veterans but to raise awareness of the Honor Flight program. 

First Bank will also make a donation to GSLHF each time the Blues score first and every time the team wins for the 2017-2018 season.

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First Lieutenant Warren Nelson

 



Tonight we are fortunate to honor at the game World War II veteran First Lieutenant Warren Nelson in First Bank’s Tribute to the Greatest Generation.


Mr. Nelson enlisted on his 20th birthday, and he really wanted to be a pilot.  He was told the fastest way to become a cadet was to enlist in the Army.  He was attached to the 820th Bomb Squadron with the Army Air Corps, and his unit was sent into combat in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands.  He flew 50 bombing missions against the Japanese, and there was a rule that after you flew 50 missions, you were taken out of combat.  His original crew was killed on their 50th flight.

 

He was relieved to return home.  “You only had so much luck,” he said, “and I figured I used mine up.”