SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

Don Malarkey
Tech. Sgt. Don Malarkey of "Easy Company," 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, whose story was highlighted in the acclaimed Band of Brothers HBO series. Sgt. Malarkey received the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters for his heroic feats at D-Day. He fought with the 101st Airborne in Normandy, Holland, Belgium, and Germany…and was at Bastogne during the famous Battle of the Bulge. His continued exploits carried him eventually into Austria. His unit suffered over 150 percent casualty rate and Sgt. Malarkey served more days in combat without a wound than any other man from "E" Company.  >See More Photos

Alter Wiener
A survivor of several Nazi camps located in Poland and Germany, Alter Wiener lost 123 family members in the Holocaust. He was age 13 when the German armies invaded and conquered his native Poland. His father was one of 38 Jews taken from their hometown near the German border and was killed by the Nazis. Two years later, Mr. Wiener was deported and subjected to slave labor camps in five different locations until the war ended in 1945. He survived, but his family had been decimated. Mr. Wiener came to the U.S. in 1960 and today is married and has two sons. Warner Pacific College recently awarded Wiener an Honorary Batchelor Degree, in recognition of his message about the importance of freedom and education, derived from his Holocaust experience.   >Read More   >See More Photos

Kennie Namba
Mr. Namba was a Nisei volunteer with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Battalion during World War II. A Japanese-American teenager who was interned with his family in a "relocation" camp after Pearl Harbor, Kennie chose to fight in the all Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The 442nd is credited with rescuing "The Lost Battalion" though suffering enormous casualties in doing so. The 442nd continues to be the most highly decorated unit of its size and duration in U.S. history. Mr. Namba earned both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, he fought a "second war" to restore his family's civil rights.    >See More Photos

CONFIRMED SPECIAL GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE:

Mr.Jake DeShazer flew with Col. Jimmy Doolittle's group to Bomb Tokyo after Pearl Harbor was attacked, was captured and spent 3 1/2 years in a torture camp. After the war, Mr. DeShazer went to seminary and returned to Japan as a chaplain, helping to restore the Japanese people's hope and trust, and earning the reputation of a man of extreme benevolence among Japanese citizens.

Howard Ramsey, one of just 30 remaining Veterans of World War I, was in attendance. One of the few men at that time who could drive a motor vehicle, Ramsey drove cars, trucks and motorcycles during the war. Ramsey drove trucks to the lines where soldiers had been killed to help transport their bodies back to the United States. He chauffeured officers, drove ambulances and taught other soldiers how to drive. He was awarded the 14th National Convention 1932 American Legion US Portland, Oregon medal; the World War Service medal from the State of Oregon; the 75th Anniversary of WWI medal; two Republic Francaise medals (awarded to US citizens by France).   >Read More  >See Photo

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Rick & Elizabeth Peters
Post Office Box 1247
Wilsonville, OR 97070
503-250-2235

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