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District Update | November 11, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
This Veterans Day, I'm pleased to share stories from Southwest Washington individuals who participated in the Veterans History Project, sharing first-hand accounts of history for preservation in the
Library of Congress.

Below are some snapshots from the experiences of our community's military heroes.
Tom Wilson of Vancouver, pictured on the right, stands beside his best friend "Jonesy" onboard the LST 56. Tom was with the WWII Navy Amphibious Forces, making 87 trips across the English Channel between England and France delivering troops, equipment, and supplies. Tom took part in the D-Day landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
 
E.E. "Van" Valkenberg of Vancouver served in a Naval Air Rescue Squadron in WWII. He also served as Chief Communicator on Air Force One serving six presidents, including President Gerald Ford, pictured here with Van.
  

Hal Mahnke of Longview served in the U.S. Air Force for four years as an enlisted airman. Hal was sent to Vietnam, where he worked as a voice intercept analyst.
 
Joan Delgado of Longview, pictured on the left, assists a specialist who had lost both of his legs above the knees in the use of his prosthetics as he descends the stairs, which was "very hard to master," Joan recalls. Joan was a physical therapist in the Army Medical Specialist Corps.

 

John Posey of Vancouver pictured with his village buddies in Vietnam. John served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years.
 

Commander Yvette Brown-Wahler of Vancouver, U.S. Navy (retired) served between 1985-2005 as a Surface Warfare Officer. 

James Mead of Vancouver served in the U.S. Navy during both the Korean and Vietnam wars, spanning 23 years. James is pictured here, guarding a vault with $4 million dollars.
 
Jim Voorhees of Vancouver stands next to his UH-1 (Huey) helicopter in Vietnam, as part of the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company. Jim was a Rotary Wing Aviator.
The veterans featured here are just a sampling of the more than two dozen veterans who participated in the Veterans History Project, submitting their stories for preservation in the Library of Congress. To see more veterans' photos and stories, please visit my website.

 

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