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The Birth Pangs of Portland ANG Base – Part III: Dedication and Development
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney, a US Marine Corps veteran of World War I, served the nation again in World War II as a naval officer helping the Navy’s physical fitness program. He was an early distinguished visitor at Portland Army Air Base. He is pictured here as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve circa 1944. (Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection)

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