ONLY ON 7: Restored 1948 Plymouth helps fund plane full of veterans for Honor Flight
WSAW 7 News
By Emily Davies
Aug 24, 2018
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- In the ultimate story of paying it forward, a Boeing 737 full of veterans can now head to Washington D.C. on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight thanks to a Vietnam veteran who restored a 1948 Plymouth, raising money to donate to the cause.
NewsChannel 7 first introduced Dale Lindwall and his Plymouth March 23, 2018. The car, left on a junk pile, was given to him for free. He restored it as a way to help heal his post traumatic stress disorder. He kept some of the imperfections on the car, like bullet holes, letting the car relate to the scars veterans hold.
Over the summer, he has taken it to car shows and selling raffle tickets for one lucky person to take it home. Friday, on the car's 70th birthday, Randy Wendt from Minocqua took home the prize. Others won one Packer footballs signed and donated by the team, and more than $42,000 was donated to the Honor Flight.
"I told my wife, I said I haven't felt this nervous since I got married," exclaimed Lindwall. "It's, I don't know how to explain this, but it's just the culmination of such an awesome thing just with all of the people that helped, the businesses that helped...it's just it's awesome."
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