A group of retired officers and veterans are utilizing their elite military background to combat human trafficking in Oregon.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 68 of Clatskanie wants to make sure local military members stationed overseas have a joyous Christmas.
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
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
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
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.