Local Veterans Remember Iwo Jima

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been 69 years ago this week since the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima in World War II. But for two veterans from the Willamette Valley, their experience on the island seems like yesterday. It all started at 8:59 a.m.–one minute ahead of schedule. Thirty thousand Marines wading ashore on the tiny … Continue reading »

B-17 Bomber on Display

EUGENE, Ore. — A piece of World War II history is spending the weekend at the Eugene Airport. One of the remaining 13 active B-17 bombers in the country, the Aluminum Overcast, arrived in Eugene Friday is on display on the tarmac and in the air. “I come every time a B-17 comes to town. … Continue reading »

B-17 Bomber to Visit Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Look up in the sky this weekend, and you may get a glimpse of World War II history. The B-17 Bomber Aluminum Overcast is set to arrive Friday. It’s one of only 13 fortresses still flying. This war bird travels the U.S. letting people see and experience American history. Ground tours are … Continue reading »

Kelly Middle School Unveils New Mascot

EUGENE, Ore. — Kelly Middle School unveiled its new mascot Friday. Originally named after a World War II bomber pilot, Captain Colin P. Kelly II, the school decided to change its mascot from the Bombers to the Pilots. Although there were never any complaints about the old mascot, teachers requested the change to make the … Continue reading »

Honor Flight Film Coming to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local veterans rights advocates are pushing for the public to buy tickets to a Springfield showing of the film “Honor Flight.” The film is about veterans taking a trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. For the organizers of the film screening, it’s a chance to truly appreciate the … Continue reading »

Springfield Author Saving WWII Stories

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Veterans Day is this weekend. The veterans administration says our World War II vets are dying at a rate of 740 a day. And with them, their stories. One local man is on a mission to save their history. Mike Pungercar has an old audio cassette recording of his father who is … Continue reading »

Black Oregon WWII Marine Honored

BEND, Ore. — An Oregon Marine received a Congressional Gold Medal Thursday. Jonathan West was one of the first black Marines in World War II serving in the Montford Unit. In 1942, President Roosevelt issued an order allowing blacks to serve. In June, Congress honored those Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian … Continue reading »

Honor Flight Fundraiser Successful

EUGENE, Ore. — A fundraiser to send local World War II veterans on an honor flight proved successful. There was a huge turnout for Sunday’s spaghetti dinner at the Veterans building in Eugene. The South Willamette Valley Honor Flight is organizing a trip for 28 veterans in October. Many veterans showed up for the dinner, … Continue reading »

Oregon Breaks Ground on WWII Memorial

SALEM, Ore. — The state of Oregon officially broke ground Wednesday on a long-awaited memorial project to honor its World War II fighters. Veterans, state officials and the general public gathered at Wilson Park for the official groundbreaking ceremony. And while it’s only the beginning, many say they’re looking forward to the completion, when Oregonians … Continue reading »