When a group of Marines landed at the Port Everglades Fleet Week celebrations, a local sheriff asked for their help. A local veteran was flying an American flag that needed to be officially retired. So the Marines took a flag from the USS New York and went out to his house to change out the flags.

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Captain Robert Woodbury was surprised by their arrival. He has retired to Fort Lauderdale, Fla, and lives in a modest house with a modest flag pole out front.

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Robert Woodbury is a living legend. He joined the Marines at age 18 in 1942. He was a stellar pilot, and his expertise was put to use at training facilities in both Florida and California.

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Nearing the end of the war, he was transferred to a fighter squadron and learned the ropes of the F4 Corsair. He was slated to be in the first fighter wing to fly over Japan’s mainland, but the war ended.

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Though Capt. Woodbury returned to civilian life, he would get the chance to fly again. In Korea he flew F9F Panther Jets. He flew with the VMF-115 Squadron in Marine Air Group 33 of the First Marine Air Wing along sideĀ  Ted Williams, John Glenn, and Major Jack Bolt (an Ace in both WWII and Korea).

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Capt. Woodbury flew more than 100 combat missions in Korea.

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Capt. Woodbury, now 93, is still remarkably sharp. The surprise of the Marines showing up seemed to move him deeply.

“I’m really red white and blue. I’m so pro-American,” he said. “I’m a Marine… Ooo-Rah.”