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Member of WWII Flying Tigers Squadron Visits U.S.S. Lexington

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The U.S.S. Lexington had a special visitor onboard Wednesday morning -- 90-year old Horace Johnson, a member of the famous Flying Tigers.

The Flying Tigers were a special air squadron whose mission was to defend China against the Japanese during World War II.

Johnson said much of the equipment on the U.S.S. Lexington reminds him of his days serving overseas. He served a full year with the Flying Tigers, from 1944-45. As he says, he got shot at many times, but fortunately he did return home safely, as did much of his squadron.

"I have a picture of my squadron when we left San Francisco to go overseas," Johnson said. "I have another picture one year later in China. Same group. We still had the same crew. Nobody got hit."

Johnson now calls San Antonio home. He will be celebrating his 91st birthday this July.