Tom Hyer honored as 2019 Distinguished Veteran

When World War II broke out for the United States in 1941, Tom Hyer wanted to enter the service – but his mother, Audrey Bryant, said she wouldn’t sign for him. He was 16. “She knew what she was doing,” Hyer says now. So he had to wait until his 17th birthday, in April 1942, to sign up for a four-year stint in the Navy. A fourth-generation Oregonian, Hyer moved to Sweet Home when…

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