“I wish my wife could have seen this,” said 2nd Lt. Euel Akins of Statesboro, Georgia. A Joint Forces Color Guard had just presented arms to him, a member of Pershing’s Own had bugled “Taps,” and three generals and an admiral had shaken his hand. Euel Akins is 98 years old. He was the only World War II veteran among the 27 war vets aboard Honor Flight Savannah’s recent tour of Washington, D.C. Euel wasn’t a 2nd lieutenant when he climbed the rock face of Italy’s Mount Belvedere – in the dark. Back then, in 1945, he was a private. And scared.