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By Skylar Rispens

Miss Montana honors father of Seeley Lake resident


Photo provided by Cheri Thompson

Ivan Odom, in the cockpit in the left photo, flew a C-47 he affectionately named "The Silver Saloon" during the Pacific Theater in World War II. His daughter Seeley Lake resident Cheri Thompson purchased one of the 15 seats in the Miss Montana (right) in his memory.

MISSOULA - The rebuilt C-47 plane known as "Miss Montana" is headed to Normandy, France to honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6. Seeley Lake resident Cheri Thompson purchased a seat in the plane to honor her father's memory.

According to the Miss Montana to Normandy website, the reconstruction efforts were made to honor the Montanans who served in the military during World War II by making the trip to Normandy with over 40 other C-47 planes from the United States. Miss Montana began the journey from Missoula on May 11.

Thompson saw the reconstruction as an opportunity to honor her la...

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