Repairing submarines in Hawaii during World War II was quite an “about-face” from Dick Ray’s logging background.
The John Day resident served in the U.S. Navy from August 1943 to March 1946, achieving the rank of motor machinist third class.
Growing up during the Great Depression, Ray’s family moved from place to place, following logging jobs and living in logging camps.
He started driving truck when he was 14. He recalled building plank roads with 12-inch wide and
For a sparsely populated area, Grant County is home to a high rate of veterans.
Of the roughly 7,200 residents, more than 10 percent have served their country — 809, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
One of those veterans, Ret. Army Staff Sgt. Bob Van Voorhis, said rural Grant County residents have always answered the call to serve.
“This county and Eastern Oregon in general has contributed an awful lot to the freedoms and everything else