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Local Vietnam vets honored in D.C.

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Nine Georgia Vietnam veterans will be honored at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund. 

Mary Wolf says her late husband Wayne Wolf had a passion for flying. At 14, he joined Florida's Civil Air Patrol. At one point he even flew the governor's plane.
 
"He was very excited and honored to be able to do that," said Wolf.

At 18, it only seemed natural for Wolf to enlist in the Air Force. He was sent to war-ridden Vietnam where he served for three three years.

"He had actually been on some covert missions. He also was in the lab. He was one of the lab rats for the jet fuel," said Wolf.

When Wolf returned, he and Mary built a family while raising three daughters and seven grandchildren. 

"He just was that good man. He was compassionate, her was encouraging. He was just that great leader," said Wolf.

But in 2009 the family's world as they knew it changed. Wolf was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer caused by his exposure to jet fuel in the war.

 "I had never seen him so sick," said Wolf. "He was never able to go back to work so his mission then in life was making sure i was taken care of and his daughters were taken care of."

Wolf died in 2011, outliving the time stamp doctors put on his life by 10 months.

Mary says her husband had no regrets about the time he spent fighting for his country.

"He loved being in the Air Force and he was so proud even though he came back at a time when the war was a very ugly thing to be apart of."

And Mary is proud too  something she won't hold back when she reads her husband's name at the memorial in D.C. this weekend.

"No greater love than this than a man lay down his life. And i think he did that."

Wolf will be inducted into the Vietnam veteran's memorial fund on Saturday in the nation's capitol. 

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