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57,000 Oregonians served “in country” during the Vietnam War – the longest war in American history

719 were killed in action (KIA)

5,000 were wounded

39 still remain missing in action (MIA) after 40 years.

Approximately 118,000 Vietnam era veterans live in Oregon — they represent about a third of all 333,000 veterans living in Oregon.

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MEMORIAL DAY - MAY 26, 2014, 1:30 P.M.

OREGON VETERANS HOME THE DALLES, OREGON

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway Committee

Allan R. “Dick” Tobiason, Co-Chair, US Army (Ret.)

Stuart A. Steinberg, Co-Chair, US Army

Ronald H. Morgan, President, Oregon State Council, VVA, US Army (Ret.)

Tom Johnson, Vice President, Oregon State Council, VVA, Nat Grd (Ret.)

James Fleming, Secretary, Oregon State Council, VVA, US Army

Clyde Evans, Treasurer, Oregon State Council, VVA, US Navy

Richard L. Gorby, Chief of Staff, Oregon State Council, VVA, US Navy

 Jaycee Newman, Vice President, VVA Chapter 271, US Army

 

 77th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2013

Regular Session Enrolled Senate Bill 461

Sponsored by Senator MONNES ANDERSON; Representatives HUFFMAN, PARRISH; Senators BATES, BEYER, BURDICK, DEVLIN, EDWARDS, HASS, KNOPP; Representative WHISNANT; Senators BOQUIST, COURTNEY, JOHNSON, OLSEN, ROSENBAUM, SHIELDS; Representatives BOONE, ESQUIVEL, WITT.

AN ACT

Relating to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.
Whereas during the Vietnam War more than 57,000 Oregonians served in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos on land and sea and in the air; and Whereas 719 Oregonians lost their lives and more than 5,000 were wounded during the Vietnam War; and Whereas 39 Oregonians remain missing in action; and Whereas 118,000 Vietnam veterans live in Oregon and represent 34 percent of all Oregon veterans; and Whereas 33 states have dedicated Vietnam veterans' memorial highways honoring their Vietnam veterans; and Whereas Interstate 84 in Oregon does not pay tribute to any other veterans group; and Whereas the Oregon State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America, has offered to pay the funds necessary for creating, installing and maintaining 'Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway ' signs; now, therefore,

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
SECTION 1. The portion of Interstate 84, beginning where it intersects with Interstate 5 in Portland and ending at the Idaho state line, shall also be known as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.

(2) The Department of Transportation shall place and maintain suitable markers along the highway described in this section that indicate the designation of the highway as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.

(3)  (a) The department may accept moneys from and may enter into agreements with veterans groups to create, install and maintain the markers.

(b) The department may not use public funds for the
installation and maintenance of the markers.

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Passed by Senate February 28, 2013
Passed by House April 3, 2013
Signed by Governor John Kitzhaber
April 11, 2013

Call OSC President, Ron Morgan at 503.877.8411 or email at ron@vva-or.org for more information

 

50th YEAR COMMEMORATION HONORING VIETNAM WAR VETERANS - 2012-2025

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Why I go to my chapter meetings...

"I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped of their humanity. I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the military. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never givenanyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another. As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades. Such good men."

Quoted  from "These Good Men" by Michael Norman

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NEVER AGAIN SHALL ONE GENERATION OF VETERANS FORGET ANOTHER

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