Kern County's fourth Honor Flight is scheduled to leave for D.C. on April 26. It's only been a few days since the third group of World War II and Korean War veterans returned from their trip. A 101-year-old World War II veteran made that Honor Flight. But anyone who meets him has a hard time believing that's his real age.
At Greenacres Senior Center, William, or "Bill" Kehoe, pulls his 85-year old lady friend to the dance floor. It's where you'll find the 101-year old cutting a rug 5 days a week, even now, after walking most of D.C., fresh off of an Honor Flight.
During the trip, changing flights in Phoenix, both his guardian and our reporter, could barely keep his pace.
"I don't feel 101. That poor little girl that's following me around, she said you can ride in a wheel chair. I said I'll push you in it," said Bill Kehoe.
Bill volunteered for the Navy in 1942 at the age of 31. He served in Corpus Christi, Texas as a Second Class Machinist Mate in aircraft supply. Just a few days before he was to be sent overseas, he got word.
"They said the war is over, we're done. Boy, I was glad to hear that. I tell you," said Bill.
Landing in Baltimore, Bill, like the other veterans were thanked by passengers. Nearly all were shocked to hear he's 101.
"Oh boy, it was awe inspiring, to tell you the truth. That's a lot of people out there, wasn't there. All for us guys," said Bill of the crowd.
The Honor Flight kept Bill on his toes, always walking or standing watching military drills. He was on his feet to see the monuments, posing with the group at the Capitol. And, at the Navy Memorial, genuinely smiling to capture the moment.
"When they think patriotism in the United States is dead, forget it. It's not dead. I found that out on this trip," said Bill.
He's still discovering at 101. He got to see the World War Two Memorial for the first time with the Honor Flight. But for him, the most veteran of the veterans there, seeing it was a wrap to that chapter of his life.
"Its full circle, you know. It ends the thing. This is the end of it. You get to see the last of what happened. So, I really enjoyed it," said Bill.
Now, tucked away with 101-years worth of memories, are the ones he created with the Honor Flight. He carries those memories now, as he carries his partner across the dance floor, defying his age, like he helped the allies defy the odds, part of the Greatest Generation.
"That trip was an exciting thing, really," said Bill.