Veteran gets his final wish granted at Tyndall Air Force Base

Leaders at Tyndall Air Force Base came together Wednesday to grant a final wish for one veteran...
Leaders at Tyndall Air Force Base came together Wednesday to grant a final wish for one veteran diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Nov. 27, 2019 at 6:14 PM CST
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It's not often that leaders at Tyndall Air Force Base pull out all the stops, but for one guest on Wednesday, they did just that.

"So it's a privilege for us to be able to host him when he comes out here, for him to tell us his stories. We recognize that those stories will perish here sooner rather than later so we thank him for coming out here and sharing his stories with us," said Colonel Brian Laidlaw at Tyndall Air Force Base.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Daube Senior, 95, is back in the cockpit one last time.

"My first assignment after I graduated from pilot training was right here in 1952. I started my career here and had a wonderful journey and I'm going to pass away here," said Daube.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and one of his final wishes was to go back to where it all began.

"The Air Force has been his life. We've grown up on many bases and today will probably be one of the most important days of his life," said his son, Dr. Skip Daube Jr.

And while some things have changed over the last six decades, others have not.

"His hands naturally gravitated to the stick and the throttle as any pilot would. He naturally knew not to put his hands on the heads up display which is a very sensitive portion of the aircraft. These are things that are as true today as they were in his age," said Laidlaw.

Despite his diagnosis Daube keeps smiling, with a message to leave behind.

"Do it because you want to do it and you like doing it, and if you do that and you're honest and you work hard you'll be successful. If not, you may as well quit and go home," he said.

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