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Update: Coach Hannon's "High" Honor

Updated: Sunday, November 17 2013, 11:43 PM CST

Note: This is the update to our original story on legendary University of Texas golf coach, George Hannon. KEYE TV was the only media outlet asked to join the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force for Saturday's flyover prior to the Oklahoma State/Texas football game. This version of the story includes the exclusive video from the flyover. 

In 18 seasons as head golf coach at the University of Texas, George
Hannon won nine conference titles, two national titles and guided future
pros Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite to NCAA individual championships.

"I enjoyed my 18 years as a coach over there, and all those kids," Hannon recalled.

But before Hannon made a mark on UT history, he played a role in U.S. history.

Stationed in New Guinea, the Philippines and Manila, Hannon flew 43 missions with the Army Air Corps during World War II.

"I guess I was too young to think anything is going to happen," admitted Hannon.

The University of Texas and its fans often relive the glory of Hannon's
golf teams and players. This weekend, Hannon had the opportunity
to reminisce about his original squad.

"I've already had sleepless nights thinking about this thing," said Tim Black, Fundraising
Chairman for the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
"I'm real excited about it."

Prior to Saturday's game against Oklahoma State, Tim Black and the San Marcos-based Central Texas Wing of
the Commemorative Air Force performed a flyover with their vintage
airplanes. Inside of this B-25 and high above Royal Texas Memorial
Stadium was George Hannon, 68 years after his last voyage in a
warplane.

Why Hannon is a part of the flyover on Veteran's
Recognition Day is a credit to his military record. How he got there is a
credit to his coaching record.

"He represents the greatest
generation ever, so I believe that was imparted to us on the team," said
Mike Holbrook, who played for Hannon at Texas from 1964 to 1967.

Although
Holbrook never heard Hannon share a war story, he knew how much of an
impact those 15 months in the South Pacific made on his coach. So when
Mike's wife Jill had the opportunity to bid on the flyover experience at a charity auction, this incredible opportunity took
flight.

"It was just a no-brainer," admitted Jill. "I had to get that for coach. He's 89 years old and the epitome of an American hero."

Jill knows an American hero when she sees one. Her son, Tommy, is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

"Army
infantry," explained Jill. "He's a scout and he serves with great honor
and great pride."

Pride. Something Coach Hannon told us came over him while he was over Austin in the war plane. But that wasn't all the felt in the B-25.

"I had a hard time adjusting to these new things," admitted Hannon. "[In World War II] I just had a swivel seat with a little cushion on it. It got awful hard riding ten hours at a time."

A coach, his pupil, his
wife, her son. All linked by love for country and course - a course that
Saturday came full circle.

by Adam Winkler

The
Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is located at the San
Marcos airport. The hangar and museum is open to the public Monday,
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. For more information, click to their web site.Update: Coach Hannon's "High" Honor


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Scores & Schedules

September 17, 2014 07:17 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

Pittsburgh 4 Boston 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

Baltimore 8, Toronto 2

Tampa Bay 6, N.Y. Yankees 1

Chicago White Sox 7, Kansas City 5

Cleveland 4, Houston 2

Minnesota 4, Detroit 3

Seattle 13, L.A. Angels 2

Texas 6, Oakland 3

Wednesday's Games

Toronto (Happ 9-10) at Baltimore (B.Norris 13-8), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (McCarthy 6-4) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 9-7), 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Sale 12-3) at Kansas City (Ventura 12-10), 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Carrasco 7-5) at Houston (Oberholtzer 5-11), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (D.Price 14-11) at Minnesota (Gibson 11-11), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Paxton 6-2) at L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 12-9), 10:05 p.m.

Texas (D.Holland 1-0) at Oakland (Samardzija 4-5), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

N.Y. Mets 9, Miami 1

Washington 3, Atlanta 0

Chicago Cubs 7, Cincinnati 0

Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 2, 12 innings

Colorado 10, L.A. Dodgers 4

San Francisco 2, Arizona 1

San Diego 5, Philadelphia 4

Wednesday's Games

L.A. Dodgers (Frias 0-0) at Colorado (J.De La Rosa 13-11), 3:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Bumgarner 18-9) at Arizona (Chafin 0-0), 3:40 p.m.

Miami (H.Alvarez 10-6) at N.Y. Mets (Gee 7-7), 7:10 p.m.

Washington (G.Gonzalez 8-10) at Atlanta (A.Wood 10-10), 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati (Corcino 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 6-2), 8:05 p.m.

Milwaukee (Fiers 6-2) at St. Louis (Wainwright 18-9), 8:15 p.m.

Philadelphia (Hamels 8-7) at San Diego (Stults 7-16), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Boston (Buchholz 8-8) at Pittsburgh (F.Liriano 5-10), 7:05 p.m.

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