Thirteen Obsidian members showed up on a overcast and drizzly morning for a 5 mile hike along the south and north bank river trails. We stopped at the Lane County War Memorial to honor our local fallen neighbors who gave their lives in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the more recent Gulf Wars. Among our 13 participants, we had 8 military veterans on the hike. Holger Krentz and Jennifer Baer are Air Force Veterans; Tom Rundle and Tommy Young are Marine Veterans; Sam Tracer and David Lodeesen are Army Veterans; Michael Smith is a Navy Veteran; Peter Graham is a Coast Guard Veteran. A special recognition was given to Tommy Young, who suffered devastating wounds while in Vietnam in 1967. Mr. Young was medivaced out of the field after he and another Marine suffered very serious wounds from an exploding landmine while on a search and destroy patrol south of Danang. Mr. Young spent many months in a hospital in Japan before he could be transported back to the United States. He has spent a lifetime since, recovering from those wounds. We salute Tommy Young and all our veterans for the sacrifice they made for our country.Members: Lodeesen, David, Bennett, Brad, Smith, Mike, Rundle, Tom, Baer, Jennifer, Tracer, Sam, Baldwin, Mari, Young, Tommy, Krentz, Holger, Hawkins, David, Graham, Peter, Romoser, Ruth, Stewart Smith, Meg.
The Obsidian hikers gather at the Lane County War Memorial. One side lists only Lane County residents who died serving our country from World War 1 thru the first Gulf War in 1990. The other side lists Oregon residents who died serving our country from 1991 thru current times.—photo by David Lodeesen
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