World War II vet, 95, dies during ‘Honor Flight’ trip

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 95-year-old former soldier died aboard a so-called Honor Flight carrying World War II veterans home to San Diego after an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to Washington, D.C.

The Union-Tribune reports Frank Manchel collapsed about an hour before the chartered American Airlines jet was due to land Sunday.

Two doctors including his own son were unable to revive him.

The body of the former Army technical sergeant was covered with an American flag and other veterans saluted as they passed by while exiting the aircraft.

Manchel was a Michigan native and left San Diego on Friday with 82 other veterans, family members and volunteers to visit war memorials and other sights in the nation’s capital.

Six other deaths have occurred on Honor Flights originating in other cities.

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