Hightower served from 1944-45 in the 379th Infantry Regiment which was part of the 95th Infantry Division of the Third Army commanded by General George Patton. Hightower fought in Holland, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium before crossing the River Rhine into the French town of Sarlat. He was wounded three weeks before the war ended. After being wounded, he was sent to Germany to recover from his injuries. Hightower has served on the Winston County Soil and Water Conservation District Board for over 40 years.
Glen Wood served in the Army in the China-Burma-India Theatre under the command of General Joseph Stilwell. He served for over two years as a cook for airplane pilots in remote jungles of Burma and India.
Hightower and Wood were part of an Honor Flight of 103 veterans that visited the memorial.