Hometown welcomes veteran home from Badger Honor Flight

Hometown welcomes veteran home from Badger Honor Flight

A southwest Wisconsin veteran took the trip of a lifetime last weekend, but it’s the return that he might remember most.

Jim Piquette served as a Marine in the Korean War decades ago. His country thanked him for his service by sending him on a Badger Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

His hometown of Cobb thanked him with a warm welcome home at the end of the day.

“He’d probably do anything for anybody at any one given time,” said Randy Zeier, owner of R Place Again Bar in Cobb and a veteran himself. “He’d give you the shirt off his back.”

“He put that uniform on and went to war as a Marine, and that’s good enough for me,” friend Everett Nagel said.

Dozens of residents lined up outside R Place Again with flags and veterans’ shirts to welcome Piquette back to town late Saturday night.

“It’s just amazing that people would support friends like me,” Piquette said when he returned. “It’s a great, great feeling. I’m very proud to be from Cobb, and I appreciate their coming out tonight and doing this for me.”