The Lum family has a rich military history. U.S. Marine Corps SSgt James Lum was enlisted in the Marine Corps from 1948 to 1958. He served in the Korean War before returning stateside to become a Drill Instructor. His son, U.S. Marine Corps GySgt Michael Lum (Ret.) followed in his father’s footsteps – proudly serving in our military during wartime. Michael retired from the Marine Corps after serving seven combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. With James residing in Hawaii and Michael in Florida, costly travel separated them for over seven years. When doctors placed James in Hospice Care with less than a month to live, he turned to Luke’s Wings to reunite him with his son. It was an honor to reunite these two war heroes separated by distance for far too long. As a final salute to James and his honorable service to our country, Luke’s Wings flew Michael and his wife to be bedside with his father. We know this trip brought comfort and healing for both father and son while alleviating financial stress for the family. Michael writes:
Dear Luke’s Wings,
The wonderful support that you and Luke’s Wings demonstrated to my family far exceeds any expectations that I could have ever thought of. The travel that was given to us gave Ellen and me the chance to be able to spend the last days of my father’s life with him in the islands. The time spent in Hawaii with my father and family gave me the opportunity to make and keep the memories of a fine Marine that he was. It was a team effort from different organizations but Luke’s Wings was truly a blessing that needs to be spotlighted. I am truly grateful for your Aloha support through this very difficult time. I am honored to be able to have met you and you’ll never be forgotten, my family has grown with you being in it. Thank you once again and thank you in advance for the help you will continue to do serving the active, retired, and former United States Warriors and their families.
GySgt. Michael “Mick” E. Lum