Stories

    • Shanghai Diary

      July 3, 2014

      Ursula Bacon fled Nazi Germany with her parents in 1939 and landed in Shanghai, China, along with more than 18,000 other Middle European Jews. The family spent most of the war years in a Japanese-controlled “designated area,” often referred to as the “Shanghai Ghetto.” She came to the United States in 1947. She has written […]

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    • Thirteen Folds

      June 2, 2014

      I was stunned to find that in many schools across Oregon the Pledge of Allegiance is only recited during the week we celebrate Flag Day. It is worked in as a “lesson plan”. We’ve come a long way from showing daily allegiance for our country to simply discussing it in a lesson plan. But, I […]

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    • Celebrating Heroes: Oregon Pearl Harbor Survivor

      April 2, 2014

      He wasn’t big. He wasn’t strong. He wasn’t looking for glory in battle. Ed Johann of Newport, Oregon, considers himself a rather unremarkable guy who found himself in the middle of one of the most remarkable events in American military history. On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor—a surprise, early morning attack that nearly […]

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    • www.anysoldier.com

      March 2, 2014

      If giving feels this good, why don’t I do it more often? That is the question I wondered last week when I got my act together enough to send a care package to a soldier in Iraq. The soldier is a close family friend, a Green Beret who was sent to Iraq in mid-July. It […]

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    • Oregon WWII Vet Has Angel Story

      February 2, 2014

      During World War II, I was among the American troops who were captured in Germany. German soldiers forced us to march 100 miles, in snow and subzero temperatures, to another prison camp. During that long week, we received only two meals. One snowy evening, as we trudged along the deserted road, I glanced up and […]

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    • Tribute to an Oregon Hero: Don Malarkey

      August 2, 2013

      Don Malarkey is a true American hero and an Oregon member of the “Band of Brothers”. He served with distinction in WW II with the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” and parachuted into Normandy on D-Day.  During his time in the service, Don met Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Don […]

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    • Aerial Angel

      August 2, 2013

      From the book “Our Stories, God’s Glory“ A collection of real life inspiration stories from Oregonians Read more  stories or submit your own here.  During World War II, I flew a special P38 plane on daily spy missions to Germany from an air base in England. My plane was fully equipped with cameras to monitor […]

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    • Last of 11 Camp Adair Chapels Located

      August 2, 2013

      Amateur historian Gary Richards has finally tracked down all 11 of the Camp Adair military chapels. The 57,000-acre Camp Adair, which was located about six miles north of Corvallis, was built during World War II to train GIs for combat. More than 100,000 soldiers passed through the camp before being deployed to North Africa, Western […]

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    • Remembering is Only the Beginning

      August 2, 2013

      Our United States military are remembered worldwide. There are over one thousand different memorial sites in foreign countries honoring America’s overseas wartime service. In the U.S., we have 44 National Memorials. In our state of Oregon there are over 200 memorial sites that show our respect and honor the memory and service of all our […]

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    • Nick

      August 2, 2013

      I was at the mall last weekend and I made an observation. Amidst the doorbusters and the 40-60% off clearance sales, I took a look around.  I’m a “people watcher” by nature—always have been.  So, I sized up each shopper that stood among the racks of clothes or in long lines for the register, and […]

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    • Zachary Wade McBride

      August 2, 2013

      Officially, Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those in the military who have given their lives in the service of our country. For most of my life, I haven’t given the day the proper attention and respect it deserves. Part of my neglect might be understandable. I was born on May 31, […]

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    • Civil War Reenactment

      August 2, 2013

      The year was 1863. Our nation was at war, for the first time, with itself. Brothers were fighting brothers. Can you picture it? Now, see it for yourself. The Northwest Civil War Council is putting on its second public reenactment event of the season at Willamette Mission State Park in Keiser, outside of Salem. This […]

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    • Thanksgiving Reunion with returning Afghanistan Soldier – A Mother’s Prayer Revisited

      August 2, 2013

      Previously I told you about my son’s friend who was injured in Afghanistan. His name is Chris. It happened in August. A rocket hit his bunker and he was bombarded by shrapnel. Hee came home to Oregon for Thanksgiving, a mother’s prayer answered, a family’s hopes fulfilled. We were invited to dinner on Saturday. Our […]

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    • A Mother’s Prayer

      August 1, 2013

      By Olivia Rossi RN, MSN, ACSM Your Personal Trainer When they’re little you can hug them and kiss it better. The childhood tragedies, the beloved pets who die, moving away from friends, the tears . . . but what do you do when they are twenty-five or thirty and far away and hurting? What can […]

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    • Remembering women veterans: Patty Berg — Golf star and Marine

      August 1, 2013

      Patty Berg

      Many people think women golfers are a recent phenomenon, but the story of Patty Berg goes back a half century. Patty Berg helped create the LPGA in 1948 and was the LPGA’s first president. Berg won 15 major titles which is an all-time record for a woman golfer. Berg also served in WWII as a […]

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    • Adam Buyes

      August 1, 2013

      On a gloomy December Saturday, my four-year-old son Jack haphazardly threw Christmas decorations on any available flat surface while Jude, the baby, grabbed at red stockings with his chubby hands. Time was steaming toward Christmas, but my mind was a mile down the road. At that very moment, a funeral for a young man who […]

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