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So far Karen Rippberger has created 25 blog entries.

Bennie Lee Dexter, Deschutes County

TSGT Bennie Lee Dexter was born July 18, 1944.  He joined the Air Force and was killed May 9, 1966.  He was 21 years old.  Today, he would be 75. His remains have never been recovered.   He is honored on panel 7E, line 42.  You can see remembrances at https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/13127/BENNIE-L-DEXTER/ According to one of the remembrances, [...]

By | March 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Women of The Wall

From Michele Hoffman: There are 8 nurses on The Wall That Heals: Captain Eleanor Grace Alexander, US Army, died in a plane crash returning to Qui Nhon 11-30-1967. She is remembered on panel 31E, Line 8. Lt Col. Annie Ruth Graham, US Army, suffered a stroke 8-14-1968. She is remembered on panel 48W, Line 12. [...]

By | March 10th, 2020|The Wall That Heals|0 Comments

Maximo Yabes: Medal of Honor Receptient

First Sergeant Maximo Yabes was born on Jan 29, 1932 in Lodi CA. His family moved to Oakridge OR when he was young. He served a total of 17 years in the Army. His citation reads: " For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. [...]

By | March 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gary Wayne Martini, Medal of Honor Recipient

From Michele Hoffman: Gary Wayne Martini born Sept 21, 1948 in Lexington VA. He attended David Douglas High School in Portland OR until Feb. 1966. His citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifleman, Company F, Second Battalion, [...]

Don Edward Darnall, Deschutes County

Don Edward Darnall was morn May 9, 1946 and died in Quang Tri on October 22, 1966.  He was 20 years old.  His name can be found on panel 11E, line 97.  He would be 73 now.  He was LCPL in the Marine Corps.  Please see https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/11962/DON-E-DARNALL/ for his remembrances.

By | March 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sgt. Pascal Cleatus Poolaw, Sr.

The man you're looking at is 1st Sgt. Pascal Cleatus Poolaw Sr, a full blooded Kiowa from Anadarko, Oklahoma, who joined the U.S. Army in 1942. He received, among numerous other awards, four silver stars--one in World War II, two in the Korean War, and one in Vietnam. His military career and combat experience is [...]

By | March 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Douglas Davis Coffman

Douglas Davis Coffman of Deschutes County, was born October 17, 1946.  A Marine Corps Corporal, he died August 13, 1967. He was 20 when he died.  He would now be 73 now. He can be found on panel24E, line 106.  Read his remembrances at https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/9674/DOUGLAS-D-COFFMAN/

By | March 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Marvin H. Brown, Deschutes County

Marvin H. Brown was born August 26, 1930.  He was serving in the Army as a Staff Sergeant.  He was killed in Tay Ninh on February 23, 1969.  He was 38.  Today, he would be 89.  Read the remembrances left for him https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/6173/MARVIN-H-BROWN/ here.

By | March 2nd, 2020|Deschutes, The Wall That Heals|0 Comments

The Rowdens: Oregon Brothers on The Wall

By Michele Hoffman: In the next few weeks, I am going to be telling you about the brothers on The Wall from Oregon. There is a total of 40 sets of brothers on The Wall, 4 sets are from Oregon. James Herbert Rowden born 06/26/1944 in Medford Oregon, attended Medford High School. He was a [...]

By | February 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments


The Air Force Public Affairs Office for Aerial Events has authorized a military flyover because La Pine has been approved to have "The Wall That Heals" on October 8-11.  We are now in the paperwork process of getting FAA and Departments of Defense approvals.  FAA approval may take up to 45 day.  It will depend [...]

By | February 26th, 2020|Deschutes, The Wall That Heals|0 Comments