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Milwaukie, American Legion Post 180, Daughters of the American Revolution are asking for the public's help

The city of Milwaukie, American Legion Post 180 and Daughters of the American Revolution are asking for the public's help in reaching their funding goal for a Vietnam War memorial to be dedicated 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, near the Ledding Library.

SUBMITTED RENDERING - Milwaukie's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza will feature two black-granite benches for contemplation next to the names of the 44 Clackamas County veterans who died in the war.Adjacent to the library at Scott Park, the memorial in downtown Milwaukie will contain two black-granite benches to provide a place for quiet reflection. Next to the benches, as part of the plan approved by the city, a black-granite obelisk will feature 44 names of Clackamas County veterans who died in Vietnam.

As of today, there is only one Vietnam soldier from Clackamas County whose remains have not been recovered. Hallie "Bud" Smith who was missing in action is among the 44 names planned for the obelisk.

Milwaukie's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza will feature design and stone carving by local artist and veteran Bruce Polone. One of the benches and the obelisk are fully funded, but about $500 still needs to be raised for the second bench.

In phase two of the memorial's construction, which has not yet received approval by the city, the group wishes to place an arch across the entrance with 58,300 little lights representing the Americans who were killed or lost in Vietnam. This plan calls for about $8,000 in additional funding.

Donations are tax-deductible, and a receipt will be provided. Checks can be sent to the Susannah Lee Barlow chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, care of Treasurer Sheryl Daron, P.O. Box 3098, Oregon City, OR 97045.

Organizers are trying to locate family members of the 44 Clackamas County young men who died in the Vietnam War to invite them to attend the dedication of the memorial. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have information about the families or if you think any names were missed in the list of 44. The names were retrieved from the U.S. Department of Defense's Casualty Analysis System, HonorStates.org, VVMF.org, the Gold Star Memorial at Milwaukie High School and the Oregon City High School Memorial Garden.

Clackamas County residents who died in the Vietnam War

Andrew John Abramson

Rodney "Keith" Arnold

William John Block

David Bruce Brandon, Jr.

Donald Dean Brubaker

Virgil Allen Calkins, Jr.

Christopher Lee Chambers

Robert Wayne Clarke

David Lawrence Cooper

Larry Gilbert Dahl

Larry Ernest Dikeman

Herb Doby

Curtis Neil Evans

Walter David Freeman

Joel Lynn Gabriel

Michael Jefferson Greeley

Dennis Day Harris

Dwight Hayes

Larry Albert Iannetta

Warner Craig Jacobson

Gary Lyle Kestler

John Alan MacDonald

Daniel Irvin Mambretti

Paul Martin Moore

Robert Dean Neasham

Warren Emery Newton

Allen Dean Perkins

Dale Allen Perkins

Robert James Phillips

David Fred Popp

Wayne Conrad Reinecke

August Karl Ritzau

Charles Leroy Roberts

Donald Raymond Schafer

Robert Ernest Sharpe

Hallie "Bud" William Smith

William Lyle Sperb

Terry Allan Sundeen

Dale William Tolbert

Michael Douglas Weeks

Gordon Lee Wirth, Jr.

Patrick Leonard Woods

George Nathan Wright

James Alfred Wright

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