Air Force Captain makes thoughtful donation to University of Mem - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Air Force Captain makes thoughtful donation to University of Memphis

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South airman has made a generous and meaningful donation to the University of Memphis.

Capt. Tim Donahoo says the University of Memphis has done so much for him and the public over the years. Now, he wants to say 'thank you' in a very honorable way.

"I wanted to give a donation," Donahoo said from Afghanistan on Thursday. "But I didn't know exactly what to give."

Donahoo, who is currently a navigator in the United States Air Force, flew an American flag and a University of Memphis flag in Afghanistan for more than 20 hours on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

"It's a pretty common tradition to fly an American flag over, but most people don't do their school flag," he said.

Donahoo has been flying combat missions in Afghanistan since May. It's his second deployment to the Middle East.

"We're still going to continue our mission and do what we're doing," he said. "They're winding down in Iraq and Libya and things like that, but we're still going strong over here doing what we got to do to get things done."

Donahoo was a freshman at the University of Memphis on September 11, 2001. He graduated in 2005, and then joined the Air Force. For Veterans Day, he wanted to donate the flags to his alma mater's centennial celebration, honoring the university's service to the public over the years.

"It just made sense," he said. "This is something I can do.  It feels like the most meaningful thing I could for the university."

The flags will officially be presented to the university during Veterans Day opening ceremonies on campus.

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