November 21, 2016

World War II history floats, and lives, on the LCI-713

In 2009, Seaman Second Class Hubert Miller visited the USS LCI-713 and went in search of a dent. He found it on the ship's deck, and he smiled. Miller served during World War II, and was on board when the conflict ended and celebratory cans of beer were passed out. In the days before pull tabs, you needed a piercer to open a can. They didn't have one, so Miller's overzealous shipmate swung a fire

November 21, 2016

“Mission Continues” at Otter Point

Over the weekend, about 15 veterans and civilians traveled from as far away as Eugene and Seattle to slog through the muck for several hours at Otter Point in the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, planting spruce and shrubs to improve salmon habitat.

The volunteers were deployed for the day by Seattle’s 1st Service Platoon from nonprofit The Mission Continues, which connects veterans, friends and family with community service projects around the country.

Leading the group

November 21, 2016

Community feasts offered to everyone

Grant County residents have options this Thanksgiving. If you don’t feel like cooking or paying for that big meal, there are free community Thanksgiving dinners in both John Day and Prairie City.

In Prairie City, it’s happening at the PBC Teen Center sponsored by Prairie Baptist Church. It’ll be a traditional Thanksgiving meal at 1 p.m. this Thursday.

In John Day, it’ll be at the Elks Lodge from 1 until 4 p.m. The lounge will

November 21, 2016

Veterans service officer joins Umatilla County

A new face has joined the Umatilla County human services department to help local veterans access resources such as filing disability claims, pensions and other benefits.

Jennifer Olson was hired Oct. 17 from the Department of Veterans Affairs office in Walla Walla. As assistant veterans service officer, it is Olson’s job to work with the 1,800 veterans in Umatilla County and make sure they are aware of tools and programs available in the community.

“A lot of

November 21, 2016

Everyday People: Seaside native, Marine veteran now serves schoolchildren

After 18 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Billy Eddy got the chance to continue his family’s tradition of public service on the North Coast.

Eddy was hired over the summer as the Astoria School District’s new director of transportation, maintenance and safety. He replaced Ryan Hahn, who left to become transportation director of the Gresham-Barlow School District.

Eddy retired from the Marine Corps at the end of August, the same day as the district’s new food

November 20, 2016

Vet’s Viewpoint: Gear up for more events honoring veterans

17, marks Wreaths Across America Day, which honors veterans during the holiday season. The Patriot Guard Riders of Southern Oregon conducts the ...

November 18, 2016

Marine veteran’s trailer stolen in Aloha with military medals inside

Leo Nunez had decades of photos, memorabilia and medals documenting his service in the U.S. Marine Corps tucked away in a foot locker inside a trailer that was stolen in Aloha.

November 18, 2016

VFW replacing missing bricks at memorial

Plaques honoring veterans have been stolen or lost at Gresham Heroes Memorial.
November 17, 2016

Shot down by the Germans in WWII, vet visits memorials honoring ‘The Greatest Generation’

It’s been a long time since Guido Pinamonti was held as a prisoner of war by the Nazis after being shot down during World War II.

But Pinamonti, a 17-year Tigard resident who recently moved to The Springs at Sherwood, recently took a trip to Washington, D.C., to see ...