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Press Release
March 21, 2012
Oregon stories to be highlighted at the Oregon Military Museum
The Oregon Military Department in conjunction with the Oregon Military Museum is asking interested Oregon veterans to submit their military stories to be displayed at The Museum at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore.
A two year $6.5 million capital campaign to renovate the Oregon Military Museum will begin in May.  The Museum will be the centerpiece of the Historical Area Development Plan at Camp Withycombe, home of the 41 Infantry Armed Forces Reserve Center. 
The Oregon Military Museum will preserve Oregon's rich military history, in part through the stories of Oregon veterans young and old.  Retired Brigadier General and former Commander of the Oregon State Defense Force, James B. Thayer is one of them. 
In 1942, Thayer's anti-tank mine platoon discovered and liberated the Nazi death camp Gunskirchen Lager near Wels, Austria, saving the lives of more than 15,000 Hungarian Jewish refugees. Now retired, and living in Oregon, Thayer continues his dedication to helping others through various charities and service.
Everyone has a story, what is yours?  If you have military service, and are from, or have lived or trained in Oregon, and wish to share your first-hand account of military service please submit  via e-mail to Tracy Thoennes, Museum Curator, museuminfo@oregonmilitarymuseum.org, or via mail ATTN;  Tracy Thoennes, 15300 SE Industrial Way Camp Withycombe, Clackamas, Ore. 97015.
Please limit your military story to 500 words or less.
For more information about the Oregon Military Museum Capital Campaign contact the Historical Outreach Foundation," a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization at historicoutreach@aol.com.
100418-A-5611R-002.jpg A Soldier with 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, holds his daughter before a demobilization ceremony following a year-long absence to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Ore., April 18, 2010.
Owen_Summers.jpg Gen. Owen Summers training the Oregon National Guard in the 1800's.
Contact Info: Kim Lippert
Public Affairs Specialist
Oregon Military Department
(503) 584-3950