When Walter Kloc served in the Army during WWII, the U.S. Air Force had yet to be created. Now 101, Kloc is one of the last WWII veterans alive to commission a descendant at an Air Force Academy graduation ceremony.
In May 2019, Kloc flew from Amherst, New York, to Colorado to commission his grandson, Joseph Kloc, at the culmination of the ceremony. As Task and Purpose reports, this is likely one of the last times a WWII vet will ever take part in such an honor.
That fact is not lost to the elder Kloc, whose wife Virginia told WGRZ that he was “Absolutely thrilled and excited” to take part in the ceremony.
“I’m so excited for him,” said Joseph’s father, and Walter’s son, William. “He’s fulfilling his dream, and he was so excited that his Grandfather…World War Two, Air Force, bombardier, pilot, could come and commission him.”
Walter Kloc was born and raised in Michigan, where he spent most of his post-WWII years working for General Motors. He retired in the 1980s, and now that he has more time to spend with his family, he’s more than happy to do so.
Kloc told WGRZ he wanted to “Congratulate [Joseph] on his great work and what he’s done and wish him a good future.”
It’s clear from the US Air Force Academy photos that he did just that!
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.