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December 02, 2009
Oregon's "Civil War" football game to pay tribute to deployed Oregon National Guardsmen
 
CORVALLIS, Ore.—The University of Oregon "Ducks" and the Oregon State University "Beavers" are scheduled to pay tribute to deployed soldiers of the Oregon National Guard's 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team during the 113th annual "Civil War" game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Dec. 3.

Each of the teams' players will wear a small decal of the unit's "sunset patch" on their helmets as a tribute to deployed members of the Oregon National Guard's 41 IBCT. About 3,000 of Oregon's citizen-soldiers are currently serving in Iraq for a year-long deployment.

Prior to the start of the game, the athletic directors of both schools are planning to present a game ball to Oregon's Governor, Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General. Senate President Peter Courtney will also be in attendance. Each ball is autographed by the Beavers' and Ducks' head coaches.

The 41 IBCT can be traced back to 1887 when the Summers Law established the Oregon National Guard. During WWII, the unit saw some of the fiercest fighting throughout remote locations in the South Pacific, earning the brigade the nickname "Jungleers".

Members of the Oregon Army National Guard's Youth Challenge Program are scheduled to participate as the official Color Guard during opening ceremonies.

Kickoff of the game is set for 6:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. EST). The game will be telecast live on ESPN and ESPN-HD, where available.

To see the Oregon National Guard video spot scheduled to air during the game, visit: http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=video/video_show.php&id=74095.


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Helmet 021: The "Sunset" patch, representing the Oregon Army National Guard's 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will be displayed on the helmets of both the Oregon State University "Beavers" and the University of Oregon "Ducks" for the upcoming Civil War game, Dec. 3. The game will be played at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. EST). Photo courtesy of Oregon State University.

41BCT PATCH: The Sunset Patch is the official unit insignia of the Oregon Army National Guard's 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team. It features the setting sun over a field of blue water. In 2005, the unit participated in search and rescue operations in Louisiana following the devastation left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Approximately 3,000 members of the unit are currently deployed to Iraq, making it the largest single deployment of Oregonians since WWII.
 
Contact Info:
 
Capt. Stephen Bomar
Public Affairs Officer
Oregon Military Department
503-584-3885