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  • Twice Escaped: The POW Story of P-47 Pilot Edward R. Kirkland

    Today is April 9, National Former Prisoner of War (POW) Recognition Day in the United States. It is the time we commemorate the service and sacrifice of members of our armed forces who were taken captive by enemy forces in conflict. April 9 commemorates the surrender of our soldiers on Bataan to Imperial Japanese Army forces in 1942, the largest single surrender of American military forces in history.
  • Memorial held honoring WWII era member of the 123rd

    The 123rd Fighter Squadron said their final goodbyes to their last remaining founding member, Fred Parish, September 8, 2019, at a memorial servicelast weekend. Fred Parish of La Grande, Oregon, passed away on July 7, 2019 at the age of 98. Fred was one of 117 Oregonians that chartered the 123rd Observation Squadron “Redhawks”, which today has
  • The Wing’s First Purple Heart

    On August 7, 1782, General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, established the original Purple Heart, then called the Badge of Military Merit. August 7 is now known as Purple Heart Day.  It was 75 years ago this year that a member of the 142nd Fighter Wing, which was designated as the 371st Fighter Group during World War
  • The 371st Fighter Group in Operation Overlord: Remembering Normandy at 75

    This year marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy, France, commencing the western land effort to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny. Over 150,000 Allied soldiers, including over 13,000 airborne troops, landed from aircraft and ships on or behind five heavily defended Normandy beaches; some
  • A New Bird in the Oregon Roost: The Beginning of the Eagle Era in the 142nd Fighter Wing

    May 24th, 2019 marked 30 years of F-15 Eagle operations by the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, and thirty years of incredible growth in mission capability and employment as well, taking the 142FW from the dedicated air defense mission and growing to include the air superiority domain. This was achieved with the hard work and
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