Gus Fleischli – December 21

Gus Fleischli smiles as he sits in his home north of Cheyenne. Fleischli will turn 90 on December 26th and moved to Cheyenne from Rawlins, Wy. when he was five. He graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1943 and later was a gunner for 37 missions on a B-17 bomber over Germany during World War II. When he got back he helped out with his father's Studebaker car dealership and eventually started 3 Huskey truckstops and an oil company. In 2006 Fleischli helped organize and raised funds to send 645 Wyoming WWII veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. "The Honor Flight was best thing I've ever done, I can still see the faces of those guys and it brings tears to my eyes," Fleischli said. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment.  Michael Smith/staff

Gus Fleischli smiles as he sits in his home north of Cheyenne. Fleischli will turn 90 on December 26th and moved to Cheyenne from Rawlins, Wy. when he was five. He graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1943 and later was a gunner for 37 missions on a B-17 bomber over Germany during World War II. When he got back he helped out with his father’s Studebaker car dealership and eventually started 3 Huskey truckstops and an oil company. In 2006 Fleischli helped organize and raised funds to send 645 Wyoming WWII veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. “The Honor Flight was best thing I’ve ever done, I can still see the faces of those guys and it brings tears to my eyes,” Fleischli said. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff