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Salute

to Veterans
This News-Review special section remembers
and honors those who have served in the military
for the United States of America
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SALUTE TO VETERANS
Veterans Day forever tied to ‘The Great War’ Honoring
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
World War I, known at the time as “The
Great War,” officially ended when the Treaty
of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919,
Veterans
outside the town by the same name in France.
However, fighting ceased seven months earli- Published by
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erally regarded as the end of “the war to end
all wars.” Features Editor
In November 1919, President Wilson pro- Craig Reed
claimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration Design Editor
of Armistice Day with the following words:
“To us in America, the reflections of Wyatt Haupt Jr.
Armistice Day will be filled with solemn News-Review Editor
pride in the heroism of those who died in the Vicki Menard
country’s service and with gratitude for the Advertising Director
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lic meetings and a brief suspension of busi- The U. S. Congress officially recognized words:
the end of World War I when it passed a con- Whereas the 11th of November 1918, ON THE COVER: A soldier at
marked the cessation of the most destructive, the Oregon National Guard
sanguinary, and far reaching war in human Armory in Roseburg salutes
annals and the resumption by the people of
the United States of peaceful relations with the flag. Photo by Michael
other nations, which we hope may never Sullivan of The News-Review
again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring TABLE OF CONTENTS
anniversary of this date should be commemo-
rated with thanksgiving and prayer and exer-
cises designed to perpetuate peace through History of Veterans Day ...... 2
good will and mutual understanding between Joe Brumbach ......................3
nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven Orlo Handy ............................4
of our States have already declared Novem-
ber 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Three generations ................5
Thank You, residents and employees of Resolved by the Senate (the House of Repre-
Thomas Sheehan ..................6
Linus Oakes Retirement Center Turn to VETS, page 13
Ted Osborn .............................7
who have proudly served our country.
Pauline Clark ..........................8
Pay Tribute
HONORING ALL WHO SERVED to our B.J. Engen ...............................9
Veterans Herb Johnson ..........................9
Matt Munsey ..........................12
November 11, 2010 Fred Nelson ...........................13
Lonnie Williams ......................14
Doreen Butler .........................15
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Thursday, November 11, 2010–The News-Review, Veterans Day Tribute Roseburg Oregon, Page 3

SALUTE TO VETERANS
Dixonville veteran recalls shock of Pearl Harbor bombing
JOE BRUMBACH When things finally died down, the deci- pilot. I then transferred to the Navy test
As told to Craig Reed sion was made for us to go up a nearby center in Washington, D.C., and eventually
For The News-Review hill, take the machine guns with us and dig flew 44 different types of aircraft for test-
in. We were planning to repel any enemy ing.
It was Dec. 7, 1941. landing on the ground. Nothing happened During the Korean War, I was a flight
I was stationed at the Kaneohe Bay that night. instructor and a transport pilot. I flew
Naval Air Base on Oahu, across the island We came down the next morning and troops and supplies to Korea and brought
from Pearl Harbor. I was in a Navy PBY could see that in our Navy whites we were the wounded home.
seaplane squadron and was at the time an easily seen at night. So we dumped our I retired from a 20-year career in the
aviation machinist mate second class. whites in coffee, then went back up the Navy in 1960 and returned to a ranch in
That’s a mechanic. hill. But a ground attack never came. the Dixonville area.
I’d been on watch that morning, had got- I did what I thought I should do while
ten off a little early and was headed to the serving. I never regretted it. I’d do it again
mess hall for some food. When I left the if I was asked. I thought World War II was


hangar area, I saw some planes flying a just cause. We did what we had to do. I
around, but didn’t think did my part and I think I did it well.
anything about it
because planes in the Joe Brumbach, 88, was born and raised
air was common. But I saw one bomber coming in the Dixonville area and continues to live
then when the planes there on Brumbach Road. He initially
banked, I saw the red over and it looked like it was spent two years in the Oregon National
dots and immediately trying to get the plane we Guard before enlisting in the U.S. Navy.
knew they weren’t He retired from the Navy as a lieutenant
ours. were shooting from. I just commander. He says as far as he can
I ran up to the bar- hunkered down and figured it determine, he’s the only Pearl Harbor sur- Photo courtesy of Joe Brumbach
racks to rouse people. vivor still living in Douglas County. He
Then I ran back to the was over. asks any other survivors to contact the Joe Brumbach of Dixonville served for 20
Brumbach hangar and a friend and years in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in
Southern Oregon Warbirds at 541-672-
I got in a plane that Joe Brumbach 4802. Oahu when Pearl Harbor was bombed.
was sitting next to the hangar waiting for Dixonville
repairs. The plane had a 50-caliber


machine gun and a 30-caliber gun. We
were working both guns, shooting at
planes as they went over.
WESTON EYE CENTER
The enemy dropped bombs on our
planes on nearby ships and on our planes
on the dock. Some of them were full of
fuel. The enemy sent in fighters first and
then light bombers. They hit all our planes.
I saw one bomber coming over and it
On the second day, a squad of PBYs
came in from Seattle and landed at Pearl
Harbor. I was sent to Pearl to operate with
that squadron. I was there for a couple
Salutes Our Veterans
looked like it was trying to get the plane weeks before my squadron got new planes
we were shooting from. I just hunkered from San Diego and I moved back to it.
down and figured it was over. We set up a base on Barking Sands Beach
But the bomb landed in the hangar and on Kaui island. The planes landed on the
the steel hangar doors were strong enough water and then rolled up on the sand.
to protect us from other than some shrap- After the Battle of Midway, I was
nel. ordered to Pensacola, Fla., where I spent
I remember one plane being shot down. nine months in flight training to become a
It made a 180-degree turn and crashed on
the base. I don’t know who hit it because
there were so many of us shooting. One Thank You Veterans
guy was standing out in the open, holding

Joe’s
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Time completely escaped me. I don’t
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SALUTE TO VETERANS
In memory of Army Staff Sgt. Orlo P. Handy
JENNIFER HIGH
For The News-Review
This is in memory of Staff Sgt. Orlo P.
Handy of the 162nd infantry 41st Div. Co. D.
This is a story that almost did not get writ-
ten as the process of remembering a loved
one, especially a parent, can be very emo-
tional. The story is big-
ger than one person and
yet so personal. It has
been written in the lives
of so many and in histo-
ry.
The beginning started
in Douglas County in
the early 1940s. My
father, Orlo P. Handy,
was called to duty along
with many others and
Young Handy reported to Fort Lewis, Photo courtesy of Jennifer High
Wash., to train. They
then went by boat to New Guinea, where This reunion photo of U.S. Army soldiers who served in New Guinea in the early 1940s was taken in 1966 at the Douglas
they made a beach landing at Nasha Bay in County Fairgrounds. Many of the soldiers were from Douglas County. Orlo Handy is in the middle row, third from the right..
the Solomon Campaign. It was such a world was a threat to them and their country’s free- Purple Heart and also contracted malaria. He of circumstances one can fine hope and
away from their farm and logging communi- dom. It was a very tough and long campaign went to Australia to recover from his wounds humor.
ties. New Guinea was filled with creatures of and they lost many friends and suffered and he had much respect for the Australians. I had the honor of meeting with a group of
beauty, but also some that were deadly. many hardships. They fought alongside the natives of New his fellow soldiers from Company D at a
The soldiers went to fight an enemy who My father was wounded and received a Guinea, who put themselves at great risk to restaurant in Roseburg a few years ago and it
help the Americans and Australians. was amazing to me that 60 -lus years after
Please Join Us in When the war was over they came home
and married, started families and started
coming home, they continued to meet as a
group to support and care for each other and
careers. My father chose logging, which he their families. It is my understanding from
loved. Many started small businesses in one of the last survivors that there are only a
Roseburg. handful left and they have discontinued
He did impart to his children the horrors of meeting. But the widows, children and
war and the losses, but also the lifelong grandchildren will continue the stories and
friendships that were forged and experiences remember the courage and valor of these
shared. He liked to tell the story of putting a brave men of Company D.
soldier’s bunk up in the rafters. When he In closing, this is a tribute to Orlo P.
our Military came home from a long night out in the dark, Handy , who was a machine gunner of a 30-
he still crawled up into the bunk. Another caliber water-cooled machine gun and to all
Past & Present ... story was being hopelessly pinned down by the men of Company D. They lived through
enemy fire. One of the commanding officers tough conditions and never gave up on each
Name: Brandon Broadsword had a plan that felt less than doable to the other or themselves.
Branch: Navy men on the front line, so someone posted on Some continued to fight their own person-
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Thursday, November 11, 2010–The News-Review, Veterans Day Tribute Roseburg Oregon, Page 5

SALUTE TO VETERANS
Generations of Oregonians opt to serve their country
Jim Bray served in the U.S. Army Dan Bray nears retirement
from 1948-54 from active duty
JAMES BRAY DAN BRAY
For The News-Review For The News-Review
My U.S. Army basic training was at Fort As a member of the military, I have served
Jackson, S. C., in 1948. After a seven-day in many places and have gone on two deploy-
leave, I was assigned to 7840th ordinance ments to the Middle East. In between deploy-
depot in Karlsfeld, Germany, for the next ments, my immediate family has been able to
three years with the U.S. Army European travel with me to various assignments. We
Command. were fortunate to live in Germany for six
Karlsfeld was a facility where engines years during the 1990s. Additionally, we have
damaged in World War II were rebuilt. It served in multiple states including Texas,
was located eight kilometers out of New Jersey, Washington and California.
Munich and was close to Dachau, where We have learned many life lessons while in
so many people were put to death. It was a the military. While touring a castle in Ger- Photo courtesy of Dan Bray
sad place to see. many one day, our sons complained about Dan Bray, right, shares water with a
To perform this huge task of rebuilding having to visit yet another castle. We tried to man on a camel in the Middle East.
all these engines, we had about 5,000 Ger- explain to them that they are experiencing
man men and women helping accomplish history while many of their friends can only Here are some principles I discovered
the job. Photo courtesy of Jim Bray
read about history in school. I must admit that along the way that have helped me survive.
During my time in Karlsfeld, the army Jim Bray was a staff sargeant in the they did not totally buy into that speech. But I Never lose sight of your goal in spite of the
started the integration program and I was U.S. Army in 1949 when this photo was believe now that they are older they can people around you. People will change,
transferred to a small town just south of taken. His duties included patrolling in appreciate that statement. but one’s faith should remain constant. Spend
Bordeaux, France, where I spent the next Germany near the Russian border. As I near retirement from active duty, I time with those dearest to you. Quality time
year. I was then transferred back to Ger- have discovered that no one serves in the mil- is good, but quantity of time can never be
many near Frankfurt, where I remained present are proudly serving their country: itary alone. Generally, we all need support overlooked. Do not be shy at telling how
until I returned to the U.S. There I was My son, Lt. Col. Dan Bray and my grand- systems to make us resilient and determined much you love those close to you.
assigned to Camp Chaffee, Ark., as a pla- son, Cpl. Kyle Haddock. to achieve our goals. I am grateful for my
toon sergeant until I was discharged in wife, Patti; sons, Tyler and Jordan; parents, Dan Bray was raised in Roseburg and grad-
1954. I then moved to Oakland, Ore., James Bray is a resident of Oakland. James Bray and Juanita Schaak of Roseburg; uated from Roseburg High School in 1976. He
where I went to work for Martin Box. When discharged from the army in 1954, and sister, Diana Haddock of Roseburg, for is a chaplain and lieutenant colonel in the U.S.
I have two others in my family who at he was a staff sergeant. encouraging me along the way. Army and lives in Harker Heights, Texas.

Teen enlistee follows in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle


mom in me wishes that perhaps he would
Kyle Haddock re-enlisted in have chosen a path that would keep him a
October, plans to apply for little less in harm’s way, but joining the
Army has been something that he has
Warrant Officer School wanted to do for several years.
DIANA HADDOCK I worry almost nonstop about him. How
For The News-Review is he doing? Does he have everything that
he needs? How unbearably hot has it got-
My son, Kyle Haddock, joined the U.S. ten? Has he run into any more creatures
Army at 17, deciding that he would forgo such as the camel spiders, sand snakes,
the formal high school graduation ceremo- scorpions and vipers? When will he be
ny to get a “kick start” to his military able to contact me again? When will I get
career. to see him again and for how long? Where
It was so hard for me to sign his docu- will he go next in his service to our coun-
ments to allow him to join before he try?
turned 18, but I knew that he was dedicat- All military parents face these and many
ed to his new career and I would support other obstacles in the journey they take
him any and every way that I could. alongside their family members. Some
He has excelled in his three years of days are great and they have such exciting
active duty, has obtained the rank of spe- news to share they are talking a mile a
cialist and is working hard to obtain his Photo courtesy of Kyle Haddock minute. Other days are not so enjoyable,
next promotion to sergeant before this Kyle Haddock, right, is shown re-enlisting in the U.S. Army on Oct. 29. Haddock is such as the day they receive the orders of
deployment ends. His goal after that will in his third year with the Army. deployment. You start counting down the
be to apply for Warrant Officer School. days from that point forward trying to
In his career to date he has only man- make each minute that you have left special
aged to be in the states for a grand total of able to spend the last three birthdays, will be able to celebrate them all together!
six months. The remainder of his time has Thanksgivings and Christmas together due As a single parent, having my only child
been in Korea and Iraq. We have not been to his being in another country and not choose this career path has been a very
able to come home. Hopefully in 2011 we crazy roller coaster ride of emotions. The Turn to ENLIST, page 6
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SALUTE TO VETERANS
Memories of Dachau were strong decades later Enlist: E-mail one
way to stay in touch
Editor’s Note — Thomas J. Sheehan,
Jr., passed away on Feb. 19 at the age Continued from page 5
of 91. Shortly before his death, he dic-
tated the following story from his memo-
ry to Norm Gershon, his son-in-law, and memorable. You do that because hon-
about his battalion and its encounter estly you don’t know when you will see
with the Dachau concentration camp in each other again or under what circum-
April 1945. Sheehan was a 1st Lieu- stances.
tenant in Patton’s tank corps. He moved My son and I keep in touch utilizing the
from New York (where he was born and systems that are available in today’s tech
spent virtually his whole life) to Rose- world. We use e-mails and Facebook and
burg to live with the Gershons in 2009. Skype when the connection on his end
He was a loyal New York Mets fan. will hold up, at times only lasting a few
minutes then disconnecting. Then you
THOMAS J. SHEEHAN start the calling process over again, but
As told to Norm Gershon those few minutes to see and hear are the
most precious. At times you just look and
On or about April 29, 1945, I was in smile and laugh and then talk as fast as
Service Company, 27th Tank Battalion, you can trying to catch up on everything
20th Armored Division, moving south- possible. Phone calls with the use of
east from Le Havre, France, to Salzburg phone cards or the DSN lines — when he
in Austria. After an all-night approach can locate an available phone— are pre-
from the area of Ulm, we came to a cious as well.
small village, a military installation, I mail “care” packages every couple of
which I later found out was Dachau. weeks. They will be packed full of treats
This was the worst day of my life. and snacks of all of his favorites and even
There were U.S. infantry in the village those of his buddies. I always have orders
and they were in possession of the for cookies, snack mixes, candies, jerky,
entrance to the camp. My best recall is anything that is homemade and really just
that this was the 45th Division (New about anything I can send he loves to get.
Mexico National Guard). He will send me messages of what he
Many German civilians were present would like in the next box before they
to work in the camp. They were turned have even emptied the current one.
away by the infantry as we were also, Whenever one of his packages arrives
but not until we had observed the ovens, he tells me everyone gathers around to
which were still quite warm. share in the joy of something from home.
This installation seemed to be run by He also seeks out the soldiers who don’t
the SS. As the SS withdrew, they turned seem to receive any mail or packages and
Photo courtesy of Norm Gershon
artillery fire on us, and we did have one makes sure that they can enjoy in all the
tanker who was wounded at his tank. Lt. Thomas Sheehan stands for a photo while on duty with the U.S. Army in Eng-
land on July 28, 1944. Sheehan sent the photo home to his wife, Irene. Note her goodies sent from home. Movies, music,
The rest of the camp was in the hands of books and magazines are always in
our infantry. name on the Jeep.
demand as well as basic items such as
As we waited for orders (I had a lotion, sunscreen, soap, baby wipes and
radio), we noticed on the northwest cor- Several SS officers were met by our ion, were ordered to move southwest to lip balm.
ner of the camp a long train full of infantry. They seemed to be medics with the neighborhood of München, and so Support and volunteer groups are avail-
apparent prisoners in very little clothing baggage, which was removed from what we did. able such as Adopt A Hero, Blue Star
(the morning was cold). They asked us I would call a clinic. Our medics treated Moms, The USO and Wounded Warriors,
for food and water, which we couldn’t wounded Americans in the clinic. Norm Gershon lives in Roseburg. just to name a few. The list grows almost
provide. Eventually, we, the 27th Tank Battal- daily. The internet can provide a wealth of
information to anyone who is interested in
showing support to our military guys and
Daughter: My dad spoke of his Army service ‘proudly’ gals.
I am so very proud of my son and I
admire the path he has chosen. At times
BARBARA SHEEHAN GERSHON working full time, raising a family and reluctantly submitted to testing at the
this can be extremely difficult, but I will
For The News-Review going to school in the evening, he Roseburg VA facility and received hearing
stand beside him and support him every
achieved his life long dream of becoming aids, which greatly added to his safety and
My father, Thomas J. Sheehan, Jr., spent step of the way. He has chosen to serve
an attorney. to the quality of the last months of his life.
five years in the U.S. Army (1941-46). He our country and to protect every one of us
During his final years, I encouraged him He was touched by the care and generosity
was among the first group of American so we may continue to enjoy the freedoms
to use the medical services offered by the of those at the Roseburg VA and believed
men drafted to respond to the dangers of that we have.
Veterans’ Administration. It was something he had received a “gift” from them.
the developing world war. Kyle Haddock is just one of thousands
he had never done. He felt he had done his It was a gift for me to have been able to
Like so many men and women who have of fantastic military individuals.
duty, he had taken advantage of the G.I. help a proud, independent, self-reliant
gone off to war, he was profoundly affect- Thank you for allowing me to share
Bill and nothing more was due him. patriot.
ed by the experience. some of his story with you. God willing,
I did finally persuade him that his
He spoke of his service proudly and this tour will end for him in March or
severe hearing loss might have been the Barbara Gershon lives in Roseburg.
often. Aided by the G.I. Bill and while April and he will be home for a well-
result of his years in the tank corps. He
deserved month of leave.
Thursday, November 11, 2010–The News-Review, Veterans Day Tribute Roseburg Oregon, Page 7

SALUTE TO VETERANS
Retired Army enlistee reflects on 20-year career
THEODORE OSBORN Hawaii and my wife and three kids flew would I do it all again? In a heartbeat.
For The News-Review over from Oregon. They lived in Myrtle The U.S. Army enabled a young lad
Creek during my time in Vietnam. from Oakland, Ore., to see such things
I entered the Army in 1955 and have As my tour of duty ended, I again as Napoleon’s tomb, King Louis XII’s
served in some interesting posts. looked forward to an assignment in the Palace of Versailles (where the
After going through military police states. Instead, I received orders for armistice, Treaty of Versailles, was
training at Fort Gordon, Ga., I worked Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, near signed), Reims Cathedral where Charles
as a turnkey at the U.S. Army discipli- VII, in the presence of Joan of Arc, was
nary barrack at Lompoc, Calif., (a crowned King of France, the mass grave
branch of Leavenworth Federal Prison)


at Waterloo, the infamous concentration
for one year and spent two years in camp at Dachau where thousands of
Munich, Germany, Jews were killed by Nazis, Louvre
where I did town Museum where the Mona Lisa, Venus de
patrol as an M.P. Milo and other works of art were
I also had an inter- If I get out of here alive, I viewed, several castles located in the
esting 16 months in
South Korea while
am never going to be hot Alps, Luxembourg cemetery and the
again! grave site of Gen. George Patton and
assigned to the mili- most of all, most of “America the Beau-
tary police and was tiful.”
the officer in charge Theodore Osborn
of a 55-man South Oakland Theodore Osborn, 74, continues to
Korean security force live on the banks of the Umpqua River.
Osborn in the early ’60s. Dur- After his military career, he worked for
ing off duty I some- the Oakland School District and for the
times volunteered at Father Joe Campfire Girls Campground at Tyee.
Sweeney’s orphanage and leprosarium. Osborn was awarded the Bronze Star Photo courtesy of Theodore Osborn
That was real sorrowful. Medal for meritorious achievement in a Theodore Osborn served for 16


In 1969, after completing four years ground operation against hostile forces months as a military policeman in South
in Europe (two in France and two in while serving in Vietnam. Korea in the early 1960s.
Belgium), I was eager to return to the
states. I had been involved in trans-
porting 375 tons of engineer material
and equipment from Paris to Brussels.
I made 45 trips through the heart of
Stuttgart. We were there three years, Volunteers Needed at VA Roseburg for the
Hospice/Palliative Care Program
completing eight continuous years of VA Roseburg Healthcare System is seeking volunteers for
Paris, around the Arc de Triomphe, duty outside the U.S. before finally the VA Hospice/Palliative Care program.
driving a Citron truck. The first few returning home. A special Hospice volunteer training program
trips were kind of nerve- wracking I retired in 1975 and moved to land will take place from 1:00 p.m. to
until I learned to drive like the French. that we purchased 10 years earlier on 4:00 p.m. on the VA Campus located
Instead of being sent stateside, I was the Umpqua River in the Kellogg/Tyee at 913 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.
sent to Vietnam for a year and stationed area.
at Tonsonnhut Air Base in Saigon with We spent the really hot days at Win- For more information call 541-784-7951
the U.S. Army Mortuary. A very somber chester Bay. I had made a vow to myself
job, quite the opposite of the two years while in sweltering hot Vietnam that “if
pleasantly spent on the personal staff of I get out of here alive, I am never going
Maj. Gen. Lloyd R. Moses, 5th Army to be hot again!”
HQ in Chicago in the early ’60s. That vow also makes me a churchgo-
While in Vietnam the one bright spot ing person.
was when I had a week of R&R in If I knew then what I know now,

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SALUTE TO VETERANS
Newspaper advertisement led to role as ‘Rosie the Riveter’
PAULINE CLARK had Saturday nights off, and we would go
as told to Anne Creighton dancing at the Knob Hill Club in Portland.
One night while I was at the club, this
For The News-Review
sailor came over and asked me to dance.
In 1940, when I was 19, I left my fami- His name was Harry Byron Clark, but
ly’s chicken farm in Centralia, Wash., to everyone called him Barney.
attend Northwest Nazarene College in Barney worked on a minesweeper, which
Idaho. was in port for repairs. After our night of
I paid for half of my tuition by working dancing we continued to spend time togeth-
three nights a week as a server in the er, and before long he was waiting for me at
women’s dormitory cafeteria. my doorstep every morning when I got off
Back then, there were very strict rules
about studying on Sundays, but I did it any-


way so I wouldn’t fall behind.
However, my roommate told on me, and I
got scolded by the dean. I was so angry, and
I knew after I finished the semester I I’m proud of what I did,
wouldn’t be back.
It was around that same time that Pearl although at the time I
Harbor was bombed, and I remember it was thought of it as just a job.
all over the front page of newspapers and
on the radio.
I moved back to Centralia shortly after Pauline Clark
and told my mother I wanted to join a Roseburg
branch in the service. She said, “Pauline,
those women are just there to service the
men.”
Whether she was right or not, I’ll never


know, but I knew I had to get out of Cen-
tralia somehow.
One of my friends from college lived in
Newberg, Ore., and she invited me to live The News-Review Courtesy photo
with her for the summer and find a job. I work. This carried on for about a month
ended up working at a cafe for a year, but I Pauline Clark of Roseburg is proud of until he left on his ship to the Aleutian Clark, right, is pictured with Ruth Miller
never made much money. her work in the Oregon shipyards during Islands for his last tour of duty. in Portland. The friends and roommates
While I was in Newberg, I saw an adver- World War II. A few weeks after Barney deployed, I got embodied the image of Rosie the Riveter.
tisement in the paper that said the Oregon a letter in the mail from him asking if I
shipyards were hiring women welder’s and got paid for eight. I was earning about would marry him. I said yes, and we were because all of the metal went to the war
helpers, and I immediately took a bus to 75 cents an hour back then. married in 1945 after the war ended. effort. There was a shortage of everything,
Portland and applied for the job. I was hired I learned quickly that welders made quite We were together for more than 40 years including butter.
shortly after. a bit more so I decided to go to welding before he passed away. The people during that time understood
I commuted from Newberg to Portland school. For about a week, I took classes in I’m proud of what I did, although at the why this was happening, and we never
for about a year, but finally found housing the mornings after I got off my shift and time I thought of it as just a job. I didn’t complained. I met a lot of great people dur-
in the Portland area with a new roommate, was soon welding Liberty and Victory realize the importance of what I was doing ing my stint as a welder.
Ruth Miller, who also worked in the ship- cargo ships on my own for about $2 an until toward the end of the war. It took a It was a growing-up time for all of us,
yards. hour. while for all of it to sink in. and I would do it all over again in a heart-
I was on the graveyard shift, and I wanted It was hard work, but it was fun, too. The war was hard on everyone. There beat.
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SALUTE TO VETERANS
Norwegian native Herb Johnson rushed to serve
honored to have Editor’s Note: The following is an Great Lakes Naval
served in U.S. Navy excerpt from a biography, “One of Ten,”
written by Herb Johnson of Roseburg.
Training Station, there
were not enough facil-
B.J. ENGEN Johnson wrote one chapter about the war ities to handle us all.
years, 1941 to 1946. We were shipped south
as told to Craig Reed to New Orleans to get
The News-Review HERB JOHNSON us out of the January
For The News-Review cold. I was eventually
Being a veteran to me is having a priv-
assigned to a
ilege that a lot of people don’t have. I I remember the telephone jingling. The minesweeper.
feel honored by having served in the operator in a very nervous voice told us It took 45 days for
U.S. military. that Pearl Harbor had been attacked by Johnson our squadron of 15
Being a veteran is an honorable pro- the Japanese. We had to find a world map ships to reach Aus-
fession. to locate Pearl Harbor. tralia.
A veteran of course has seen the A few nights later, President Roosevelt We then headed north to the Philippines
effects of wars, of conflicts. I saw war was on the radio with a message to the and proceeded to have numerous engage-
early in life. I was born and raised in American people. The one passage that ments with the Japanese in the Phillipines
Norway, a Nazi-occupied country during stood out was, “We have nothing to fear and Borneo until the end of the war in
World War II. Even though I was very but fear itself.” August 1945.
young, I still remember what was going
I decided to volunteer. Dad took me to Our thoughts of going home were
on and how the Nazis were treating peo-
Huron, about 40 miles away. I wanted to dashed when we were assigned to sweep
ple.
join the Air Force, but that office in the our own mines off the China coast.
I came to the U.S. in 1958 at the age The News-Review
federal building was closed. We finally made it home in February
of 21. I flew into Seattle. I settled in the
B.J. Engen of Winston served in the U.S. I inquired at the office across the hall. 1946.
Canyonville area, but I knew I had to
Navy from 1960 to 1966. He’s now retired That was the Navy Recruiting Office.
serve in the military. That was part of the
and lives in Winston with his dog, Bisha. Five minutes later, I was signed up for the Herb Johnson of Roseburg was one of
immigration laws at the time.
Navy. 10 children in the family of Henry and
In 1960, I received the notice that said
There were so many volunteers signing Alice Johnson in South Dakota. Johnson,
I was going to be drafted. I joined the best they can get.
up that when we finally arrived at the 80, is now retired.
U.S. Navy and was fortunate to be trans- Veterans Day to me is one special day
ferred to a transport squadron because I of the year that I feel very fortunate to
wanted to fly. I was a load master on a be here, and to be able to participate in
C130 Hercules (plane). The Navy and events based on veterans.
Air Force worked together. At the begin-
ning of the Vietnam War, we flew troops
and supplies into Saigon.
I belong to the Southern Oregon War-
birds and participate in the Veterans Day
Parade in downtown Roseburg.
Saluting Our Veterans
I feel really proud to be a veteran. I Veterans Day has significant impor-
feel very appreciative of what the Rose- tance because it’s a time to recognize
burg V.A. has done for me. That’s why and honor vets.
I’m volunteering my extra time to the
V.A. Being a veteran, I have an under- Winston’s B.J. Engen, 73, was a mem-
We Salute all our
standing of what other veterans go
through coming back after serving the
country overseas.
ber of the U.S. Navy from 1960-66. He
said that based on research he did with
friend Dirk Kruysman of Roseburg, they
veterans, past & present,
I feel real obligated to help any veter-
an I can who’s coming back from war.
believe they are are the only two Dou-
glas County veterans who lived in Nazi- who have given up so
They have all served and done their occupied countries as youngsters. Kruys-
duties for their country. They deserve the man was born and raised in Holland.
much to defend and serve
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VETERANS DAY … A DAY TO REMEMBER


ALL WHO HAVE SERVED
Six young men from Douglas County gave their lives
serving our country in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Since 2005, US Army PFC Dean Bright, US Army Specialist Daniel Leckel,
US Marine Corporal James Lee Moore, US Army Specialist Ricky W. Rockholt, Jr.,
and US Army PFC Joshua A.R. Young died serving our country. Last January,
US Marine Corporal James Lee Moore
US Army Sgt. Joshua Lengstorf became the sixth Douglas County mortality. US Army Specialist Ricky W. Rockholt, Jr.
February 3, 1980 - January 26, 2005 October 28, 1976 - April 28, 2005
Freedom is not free.
From WWI to the present, over half a million US Military personnel
died serving this country during war or conflict.
Over 25 million US Veterans are alive in the United States today.
Remember all of them…always.

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VETERANS DAY … A DAY TO REMEMBER


ALL WHO HAVE SERVED
Six young men from Douglas County gave their lives
serving our country in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Since 2005, US Army PFC Dean Bright, US Army Specialist Daniel Leckel,
US Marine Corporal James Lee Moore, US Army Specialist Ricky W. Rockholt, Jr.,
and US Army PFC Joshua A.R. Young died serving our country. Last January,
US Marine Corporal James Lee Moore
US Army Sgt. Joshua Lengstorf became the sixth Douglas County mortality. US Army Specialist Ricky W. Rockholt, Jr.
February 3, 1980 - January 26, 2005 October 28, 1976 - April 28, 2005
Freedom is not free.
From WWI to the present, over half a million US Military personnel
died serving this country during war or conflict.
Over 25 million US Veterans are alive in the United States today.
Remember all of them…always.

US Army PFC Dean Bright US Army Specialist Daniel Leckel


October 13, 1973 - October 4, 2006 August 13, 1987 - July 25, 2007

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SALUTE TO VETERANS
Son’s commitment to country sparks pride in father
“I hope I tell you often just how proud to describe my feelings is because hav-
Matt Munsey, a Sutherlin High I am of you. The incredible work that ing a son, daughter, husband or wife in
School grad, reached the rank of you do often goes unnoticed by people the military adds such a personal and
senior chief about two years ago outside of your circle. Most people in emotional element to our lives. It’s
this country take their freedom and secu- appreciated when an acquaintance, a
rity for granted. While I don’t even have friend or a relative says, “I know how
TODD MUNSEY you must feel.”
For The News-Review a good grasp on everything you do, I
promise you that I appreciate you and But they can’t. They can’t know how
When my oldest son, Matthew, called your colleagues every minute of every I fight back tears of pride when I wit-
from college to tell me he didn’t know day. ness a stirring rendition of the Star
what he really wanted to do, that he real- “On a personal note and from a father Spangled Banner, a fighter jet flying
ized it was costing a lot of money to be and son perspective, I’ve tried to raise over a parade or ball game, or the sight
there and that he had decided he was you to be polite, courteous and respect- of a little girl welcoming her dad home
going to enlist in the Navy, my reaction ful … mission accomplished. with her little arms wrapped around his
was simple. neck.
Throughout his young life, Matt had They can’t know what it’s like for a
always made good decisions and given father and son to celebrate their Patriots’
me every reason to trust this one as well. first Super Bowl Championship or Red


Besides, I think most of us have a per- Sox first World Series Championship,
ception that if you’re in the Navy, you’re together in spirit, but a half a world
a little safer riding around on a big boat, apart.
hopefully staying out of harm’s way. They can’t know how I feel when
While it started out that way, 9/11
Because I can’t think of a someone gives me the greatest compli-
changed all that. Without going into better word, I am so proud of ment possible, “Please thank your son
detail, Matthew is extremely good at and tell him how much I appreciate his
what he does. When others who are
my son. I would be proud to service to our country.”
extremely good at what they do took have my younger son, Because I can’t think of a better word,
notice, the war scenery for Matt changed I am so proud of my son. I would be
from waves to caves. Photo courtesy of Todd Munsey Andrew, follow in Matthew’s proud to have my younger son, Andrew,
When I’m trying to describe how I feel Matt Munsey of the U.S. Navy has footsteps. follow in Matthew’s footsteps, and I’m
about my son and his commitment to served nine tours in Afghanistan. even naïve enough to hope that it would
keeping our country safe and free, words be in a more peaceful world.
like “pride” seem so inadequate. To put Todd Munsey, father I’m so proud of our other men and
it in perspective, most folks think about Patriots?” and to talk football. Sutherlin women who are currently serving and
the veterans who have gone before them.


the war when they see or hear something Matthew was elevated to senior chief
about it in the media. For me, however, almost two years ago as one of the I seldom miss an opportunity to extend
Matthew and the brave souls he serves youngest to reach that honor. I took the my hand and thank them for their service
with are on my mind and in my prayers opportunity to fly back east to be with when I see them in the airports, restau-
constantly. Matt and his family and I shared these rants or on the street.
As he has just finished his ninth tour words with him: “My hope was also to perhaps have Here at home where we are all busy
of duty in Afghanistan, our occasional “To my Senior Chief, you grow up to be kind of like me …. with work, school, ball games, birthdays
phone conversations while he’s over “I salute you and congratulate you on the good parts. A funny thing happened, and life in general in a free world, it’s
there have always had a common theme. a phenomenal accomplishment. I know somewhere along the way I came to real- the least we can do.
I can’t ask him where he is, what he’s you have the respect and admiration of ize that the tables had somehow turned
doing, what time it is, what the weath- your peers and people who love you. I’m and I began to hope and wish that I Todd Munsey is a Sutherlin resident
er’s like or when he might be coming proud to be at the front of the line and could be more like you. As a Dad, your and works at Douglas Electric Coopera-
home. lucky to be here to celebrate yet another Dad, I can’t imagine a better feeling.” tive in Roseburg. His son, Matthew, is a
But I’m able to ask, ‘How ’bout those incredible moment in your life. The reason words seem so inadequate 1995 Sutherlin High School graduate.

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SALUTE TO VETERANS
Unification key to Vets: An act approved in 1938 made
country prevailing Nov. 11 of each year a legal holiday
Continued from page 2
FRED NELSON
For The News-Review
I am a young octogenarian who is a World Resolved by the Senate (the House of
War II veteran. I served overseas in the Representatives concurring), that the
Pacific Theater for one year and was in the President of the United States is request-
Army Reserves for nine years with the rank ed to issue a proclamation calling upon
of staff sergeant. the officials to display the flag of the
My wife and I moved from California in United States on all Government build-
1990 and to Roseburg in 1994. We have been ings on November 11 and inviting the
blessed with six grandchildren and have people of the United States to observe aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress,
found life most wonderful here. the day in schools and churches, or at the urging of the veterans service
With this writing, I will use three quota- other suitable places, with appropriate organizations, amended the Act of 1938
tions. The first is by Randy Pauch and was a ceremonies of friendly relations with all by striking out the word “Armistice”
quote from his father: “If you dispense your other peoples. and inserting in its place the word “Vet-
own wisdom others will dismiss it, but if you An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, erans.” With the approval of this legisla-
offer the wisdom of others it will seem arro- Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made tion (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954,
gant and more acceptable.” the 11th of November in each year a November 11th became a day to honor
The second from James Reston: “The first legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
casualty of war is common sense, the second the cause of world peace and to be Veterans Day continues to be
is communication via open discussion, i.e. thereafter celebrated and known as observed on November 11, regardless of
debate.” “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was what day of the week on which it falls.
The question I ask is: How do we speak to primarily a day set aside to honor veter- ... It helps focus attention on the impor-
Photo courtesy of Fred Nelson ans of World War I, but in 1954, after tant purpose of Veterans Day: A celebra-
those whose sole purpose of existence is to
kill all, including themselves, who are not This picture of Fred Nelson of the U.S. World War II had required the greatest tion to honor America’s veterans for
willing to confirm to their tenets? Army was taken in a Tokyo studio in mobilization of soldiers, sailors, their patriotism, love of country, and
Now that our nation is currently involved 1945. The backdrop is a picture of Mount Marines and airmen in the Nation’s his- willingness to serve and sacrifice for the
in two land wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and Fujiyama. tory; after American forces had fought common good.
very possibly may be required to commit
ourselves to two or more in Pakistan, Yemen wish to destroy our way of life? THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS
and at sometime Iran, how can we prevail My prayer is that we cease to argue among
and obtain a peaceful solution? ourselves as with Democrats versus Republi-
We were victorious after World War II
largely because we were a nation united and
cans or right against left, red versus blue or
any other colors. What we need is change for ATRIO Members
everyone did what they had to do to achieve
the complete victory. This is the price we
the better with less debt, taxes, welfare, regu-
lations, wasteful spending, less government Speak for Themselves
paid in blood, sweat and sacrifice. We had at (which lately seems to be expanding), more
honesty and transparency (as promised) with “My ATRIO plan is easy to understand
that time rationing of gas (needed a card),
rubber, food (coffee, sugar, butter, etc.). adherence to our Constitution and live by the and use, I enjoy frequent communication
I advise all the younger generation to ask 10 Commandments, if possible, to end all the from the company and the people are
their grandparents about what the circum- obvious corruption, then we can truly be a very helpful.”
stances were then and then compare that United States.
with what we have today. Those who fought
during this conflict had to suffer many losses
suffered by Kamikaze pilots who were will-
Fred Nelson, now 84, and his wife, Leticia,
have lived in Roseburg for 16 years. Nelson #####
ing to die for their emperor and their belief in
worked in the construction industry for 37 5-Star Rated by Medicare for
years before retiring. Customer Service Excellence!
Shintoism. Does history not repeat itself?
Who will be the winner after the world is
nuked? This planet will be uninhabitable
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SALUTE TO VETERANS
War experiences from a pair of Vietnam tours recalled
LONNIE WILLIAMS ting snugly in the chamber of his rifle,
For The News-Review that round fate commissioned for you
(“Oh God,” you think to yourself, “not
Editor’s Note — Lonnie Williams the flag draped coffin scene again.”). You
served two six-month tours, in 1969 and consider diving to the ground or “hosing”
1970, in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. down the area with your own bullets in a
He wrote a book, “In the Shadow of reckless response to the panic welling up
Peril,” from his war experiences. The fol- inside. “Fight or Flight” — what do you
lowing is Chapter 6 — “It’s a Jungle Out do when every choice is the wrong
There” — in the book. choice? What a typical Vietnam experi-
ence. Once again, there is no right
Walking “point” or being “point man,” answer. You’re damned if you do and
as it was often referred to, was a presti- damned if you don’t.
gious position, The guy behind you, your “slack” posi-
reserved for the more tion, is staring at you; you can feel that
experienced and too. He’s wondering why you’re tensed
respected among us. It like a man who’s just stepped in front of
wasn’t a job for the an oncoming train. You know you’re scar-
rash, reckless or ing him and the rest of the guys as well,
impetuous, for the but you’re afraid to turn and explain.
lives of those he pilot- Besides, what would you say to him?
ed depended on his “I’ve got this ‘feeling’ that one of us is
discretion and discern- Photo courtesy of Lonnie Williams about to be killed?”
ment as much as his Just as you start to take a courageous
eyes and ears. Lonnie Williams is pictured in front of one of the tracks he drove while serving in
Williams the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was wounded twice during combat. step forward, your mind betrays you. It
If your point man begins playing a graphic, full-color movie
suddenly felt that of a young man choking on his own
“something just wasn’t right,” then that dreadful feeling that some unseen enemy there. His sights are on you. You have blood. Shot through the chest, he falls to
was serious stuff, carrying nearly as much is pointing a rifle right at you. Leading a become a walking (and for the moment) his knees, then on his side, vainly gasping
clout as an actual tangible threat. patrol along a well used trail could make breathing human target. You can perceive for air.
Another qualifying trait of being “up you imagine all kinds of things, some of his finger shifting on the trigger, search- “No!” you accidentally blurt out, shak-
front” was that it wasn’t for the faint of which you couldn’t just brush aside like ing for that “sweet” spot that makes man ing the morbid scene from your head.
heart. The “point and drag” (last in line) another thorn-studded vine. and rifle one. You’ve been that very agent Mustering every ounce of courage you
positions both carried with them the terri- You stop, you look, you listen, but all of death yourself: you know the drill. can find, you ignore your fears and take
ble price of aloneness and vulnerability. It you hear is your own heart beating faster He’s concentrating on his breathing now, that first step, then another. Soon, all is
was the point man who, if he missed see- and louder with each passing moment. timing his breaths with the moment his well again; it was just your imagination ...
ing that deadly trip wire at his feet, would You don’t see or hear anything threaten- finger chooses to drop you or one of except you could have sworn you saw a
be the first recompensed for his oversight. ing, yet you “feel” a dangerous presence. yours to the jungle floor. faint shadowy figure melt into the jungle
If others died or were injured having been Startled, you jump as a dry, dead leaf “What’s he waiting for?” you wonder. ahead.
led into an ambush, it was he who bore overhead floats downward, colliding first Is there something blocking his shot?
the guilt. Needless to say, it was no place with one branch, then another, as it spins, Maybe he’s having second thoughts about Lonnie Williams of Winston is a twice-
for those who charged blindly on, think- rocks and tumbles to the ground beside his position. Whatever is going on, you wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam
ing more of the goal ahead than those you. Unconsciously, you thumb the safety long for something to hide behind, but War and was a recipient of the Bronze
who followed behind. A typical point man off your rifle, causing those behind you to there’s nothing nearby. Besides, any Star. He served in Vietnam and Cambo-
encounter might have sounded something do the same. Back down the line of movement on your part may make things dia. He wrote his book, “In the Shadow of
like this, an experience I, myself, had. teenage soldiers, a newbie is hushed as he worse, not better. Peril,” to honor his friends who died in
What a helpless, hopeless and paralyz- questions what’s going on up ahead. Now, for some bizarre reason, your the war, and for his children.
ing sensation. I’m talking about the You can’t see him, but you know he’s mind envisions that 7.62 mm round set-

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SALUTE TO VETERANS
Tragic
death,
treasured
letter
DOREEN BUTLER
For The News-Review
In the summer of
1945, a terrible thing
happened to my mother
and her family.
She was 10 years old.
Her family had moved
from Eureka, Calif., to
Stockton, Calif., so that
my grandfather could
work in the assembly
yards.
My mother, LaDora,
her sister, Donna, and a
friend visiting from
Eureka went swimming.
The three girls were
skipping down some
rocks that were like
stair steps when my
Aunt Donna tripped.
She went ahead and
dove in.
When she didn’t
come back up, my
mother and their friend
went for help. They
dragged the river and
two days later the body
of my mother’s sister
was found.
Donna Downey was
13 years old. It was
Aug. 20, 1945.
My mother’s older
brother, Billy, was serv-
ing as a Marine then.
Several weeks after
Donna died this letter
(to the left) arrived.
Uncle Billy had written
her. It was dated Aug.
14, 1945 “VJ Day.”
The death of my Aunt
Donna became a family
tragedy. My Uncle
Billy’s letter became a
family treasure.

Doreen Butler of
Roseburg submitted the
adjacent letter that was
written by her Uncle
Billy (Wilmer Patrick
Shea) in 1945 following
the end of World War
II.
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SALUTE TO VETERANS
War injury ended the career of a ‘100 percent’ U.S. Marine
The News-Review head. He’s dependent serving in World War II. Father, howev- young Marine infantryman who had
on heavy medication er, didn’t want son to go into the Marine enlisted a couple years earlier.
Editor’s Note: A version of the follow- to quell injury- Corps. After his years of hospitalization,
ing story about John Danville appeared induced epilepsy. But young John couldn’t wait. Danville settled in the Roseburg area to
in the 1988 Umpqua Edition of The Because of the brain As soon as he turned 18 in 1965, he be near his family. Although he fought
News-Review. injury, there are holes quit Roseburg High School, one credit to get out of the VA hospital, he spends
in his memory and he shy of graduating, and headed to the Los much of his time there as a volunteer.
A “Bouncing Betty” blew the top off sometimes has diffi- Angeles area, where his mother lived, to It’s as close to the military as he can get.
19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. John culty explaining what enlist in the Marines. His allegiance to his country, the mili-
Danville Jr.’s head near An Hoi, Viet- he means. After basic training in San Diego and tary and the Vietnam War remains
nam, in December 1967. But Danville’s a infantry training at Camp Pendleton, the unswerving.
“Bouncing Betty.” Danville proud man. He does young man shipped out for Vietnam, rar- “I don’t think it was good,” he says of
With typical sardonic humor, the GIs what he can. Three ing to fight. the war. “But I don’t think it was bad. I
gave an alliterative female nickname to times a week he volunteers at the Veter- “I hoped I’d be going to Vietnam,” he think anybody who was asked to go over
the foot-activated grenade favored by ans Administration Medical Center. He’s says. there should have gone.”
the Viet Congo. It was a cunning contributed 2,000 hours to the center. He calls his 18-month tour with the Any ill-will he carries from the 1960s
weapon, calculated to kill by bouncing He’s an active member of the Disabled Marines “the most wonderful time of my is aimed at the antiwar protesters.
off the ground and exploding at waist American Veterans and the Military life.” “I feel very resentful of people in the
level or higher. Order of the Purple Heart. He’s partici- Despite the brain injury, his memory U.S. treating us like we were (crap)
It didn’t quite do the job in Danville’s pated in the March of Dimes WalkAmer- of that time remains vivid. He shares his when we came back,” he says.
case. He survived. Barely. ica. memories with the same pride that he No matter what the personal and phys-
He wasn’t expected to live. He says Danville says he has no regrets about wears the big brass belt buckle that pro- ical toll extracted by the Vietnam War,
more than one telegram was sent to his his tour of duty in Vietnam. His only claims, “Vietnam ... We served our time Danville considers himself a military
parents announcing their son’s death regret is that he still isn’t an active in hell. “ man.
was imminent. He says he spent four Marine. A grainy black-and-white photo shows “I’m a 100 percent retired Marine,” he
and a half years in veterans hospitals “Semper Fi — do or die,” he says res- Danville in a hospital bed, receiving the says.
and during that time his head was oper- olutely, raising his arm in a salute. Purple Heart from an officer Danville
ated on nine times. To be a Marine was Danville’s only identifies as General Walt. Emaciated John Danville lives in Green and vol-
Danville is disabled for life, with a ambition “since I was born,” he says. and covered with bandages, the patient unteers about 15 hours a week at the VA
thick fiberglass plate implanted in his His dad, John Sr., had been a Marine, barely resembles the strapping, cocky Roseburg Healthcare System.

Douglas County Veterans Forum service organizations


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On Veterans Day, November 11, 2010


So Proud of So Proud of
we honor the men and women who have Lt. Joshua Talcott
T5 Neil Talcott
CURRENTLY SERVING
served and those that are serving our SERVED 1943 - 1946
US ARMY
Country in the Armed Forces. We are so proud US ARMY
We Support You and We Thank You! of you, Joshua GO COMBAT INFANTRY MEN!

So Proud of Honoring In Memory Of So Proud of We Salute


Rod Adams PFC. Harold A. Roady PFC Harold Rogers P.F.C. James Kuper Cpt. Natalie Hayes
SERVING 2004 - PRESENT SERVED 1943 - 1946 SERVING 2009 - PRESENT SERVING FROM
SERVED 1942 - 1945 CURRENTLY IN IRAQ
WORLD WAR II MAY 2002 - PRESENT
NATIONAL GUARD US MARINES UNITED STATES ARMY ARMY NATIONAL GUARD US ARMY
WE ARE SO PROUD Lifetime Resident of Yoncalla WE’RE VERY PROUD OF YOU.
OF YOU AND HAPPY
We were proud then &
Passed at 101. We Miss you. Love & Prayers, WELCOME HOME
even more proud now! Love, your wife Martha &
YOU’RE HOME. Love, your Grandkids. The Whole Rogers Family.
Grams & family FROM IRAQ

In Memory of

Dean Robert
Bright
US ARMY CAV. SCOUT
KIA IRAQ 10-04-06

So Proud Of We Salute “No Father Ever


Don Jenkins Curtis Hannevold
SERVED SERVED Had A Better Son”
1962-1966 2004-2008
UNITED STATES MARINES UNITED STATES NAVY Dad, Mom, Sandra, Emily,
Love, Joell, Love, Grandma, Grandpa,
Chris, Ron, Jarrod, Maddie,
John and Shellee Mom, and John Myah & Evan
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In Memory of Honoring Honoring So Proud Of We Salute


Sgt. Calvin F. Marshall Capt. Tex Marshall PFC Roy D. Marshall E-5 Petty Officer
SERVED 1947 - 1949 SERVED 1949 - 1970 SERVED 1954 - 1956
Chris Johnston Lewis
SERVED 1987-1997
US MARINES OREGON NATIONAL GUARD US ARMY Johnston
US NAVY
Love, Love, Love, I’m so Proud of You! US NAVY
Your Family Your Family Your Family Love, Alsy We Love You Dad!

Gone...Never Forgotten In Memory of William J. Duncan Honoring We Salute You!


John Wesley Hughes SFC John L. SERVED 1944 - 1951 Col. Richard L. Michael J. Ardito, Sr.
SERVED UNITED STATES MARINES
1943 - 1945 Armstrong Meredith VIETNAM
U.S. NAVY SERVED 1950-1952 Join The Heroes. SERVED 1963-1989 1968-1969
We Love You Daddy Jack! US ARMY Become a Hospice UNITED STATES ARMY UNITED STATES MARINE CORP.
We love you,
Your Wife, Children,
Grandchildren and
Once in a lifetime
Love, Dottie
Volunteer at the Cheryl, Mike, Christi, Beth, From your
Great-Grandchildren V.A. in Roseburg Shelli & Staci Wife, Susan

So Proud Of So Proud Of So Proud Of So Proud Of Honoring


MK-2 Jack Reilly Ken Barnes, Msgt. Msgt. Ken Barnes, Ret Lance Corporal Melvin Cheney
SERVED SERVED SERVED Nathan Cheney SERVING 1971 - 1977
1971 - 1977 9/8/1987 TO 9/1/2009 9/8/1987 TO 9/1/2009
SERVING 2009 - PRESENT UNITED STATES ARMY
US Coast Guard UNITED STATES MARINES Thank You
UNITED STATES MARINES UNITED STATES MARINES
“SEMPER PARATUS” Semper Fi for your service
LOVE ALWAYS, YOUR WIFE. We Love You, Thank you, to our country
Love Mom & Dad
Dad & Mom Russ & Vangie
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We Salute In Memory Of So Proud Of We Salute In Memory of


2nd Lt. CPL Calvin Coolidge Sam Morris Jacob Tobias Notenboom Jess Portlock
Poncho SERVED SERVED 1967 & 1968
Harry Burton Black SERVED 1967 - 1969 (VIETNAM)
1967 - 1968 UNITED STATES ARMY
Our beloved husband, UNITED STATES MARINES
SERVED WWII UNITED STATES ARMY
father, g. father & gt. papa VIETNAM Night Hawks
US ARMY SERVED 1943-1947 You made it! 131st AVN Co.
Still Loved,
ARMY RANGER, UTAH BEACH, EUROPE We love you. From, your family
Badly Missed
Gone, but not forgotten
You’re in our Hearts

We Salute In Memory of So Proud Of So Proud Of So Proud Of


Winston Bridges Jr. Lt. Commander SP4 Michel Cpt. Trenton W. Ryan Simshauser
SERVED 1964-1965 Winston Bridges Sr. Robert Kresky Simshauser SERVING 2007 TO PRESENT
SERVED 1942-1945 SERVED 1969-1971 SERVING
US ARMY US ARMY 3/4 CAV
U.S. COAST GUARD
US NAVY US AIR FORCE
From, Pat, Barby & Sean Forever in our Hearts Love, Your Family
Love, Lore, Daniel, Tania Thank you for serving in Iraq
From, Pat, Barby & Sean
Love, Your Family

In Memory of
Dean
Robert
Bright
US ARMY
CAV. SCOUT
KIA IRAQ You’re Our Hero
10-04-06 Casey Dawley So Proud Of In Memory Of
Sergeant 1st Class Robert R. Weaver
I Love You SERVING 1998 - PRESENT
UNITED STATES ARMY
Robert C. Weaver
UNITED STATES
We Love You, United States Army ARMY AIR FORCE
Dad, You make us proud FOR SERVING TIME IN We miss you
Mom, Dad, Dana, Jason, VIETNAM Love, your family.
Jarrod A.J. & Emily LOVE, MOM.
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Honoring Honoring In Memory Of Honoring So Proud Of


Gary Cross
SPE 4 John D. Weaver PFC Franklin G. Weaver SFC William R. Weaver Sr. Sgt William R. Weaver Jr. Vietnam Medic
SERVED SERVED SERVED SERVED 82nd Airborne
1971 - 1977 1969 - 1971 1942 - 1967 1962 - 1968 SERVED 1970 - 1973
United States Army United States Army United States Army United States Army The World is Better
FROM THE WEAVER FAMILY FROM THE WEAVER FAMILY FROM THE WEAVER FAMILY FROM THE WEAVER FAMILY For Having You

In Loving Memory
Honoring In Honor Of So Proud Of In Memory Of of Fallen Heroes &
Robert “Bob” Pearson E4 Lloyd O. Nelson SGT. Stephen D. Guido Sr. A Ryan Matthews Brothers
SERVED 1966-1970 SERVED Cpl. James L. Moore, USMC
SERVED SERVED
UNITED STATES NAVY
1941-1945 1966 - 1969 6/08 - 11/09 Esau Ivan
Thank You US AIR FORCE Deapena-Hernandez
Love, Sherry, Wanda WAKE ISLAND POW WWII Grandpa, We love you! USMC & USA
& Bobbi and rest of Sierra, Arielle, Kennedy, Forever in our hearts
LOVE, MOM, ANDREWS,
your loved ones Love, Mary Ann & Nels Love, Mom, Dad & Kody
Dylan & Khloe LAKES, STEWARTS

In Memory of

Dean R.
Bright
US ARMY
KIA 10-04-06 We Salute So Proud Of So Proud Of
Darin T. Kell Lt. Col. Eric Riley Leonard A. Dyer
Love Forever... SERVED 1988-1995 SERVING 1993 TO PRESENT
United States Army
Becky, Jarrod United States Army ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
and Maddie SO PROUD TO CALL YOU DAD! Congratulations on your
WOUNDED IN OKINAWA, YOU
MADE YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS
LOVE, COLLIN & AUSTIN promotion. Love Kristin, Cole, & COUNTRY PROUD.
Logan & Kaitlyn