The Benton County Republican Womens' Club participates in many non-political programs and events and it is our honor to support all our troops and veterans, not as partisans but as grateful Americans. We keep our soldiers and their families in our thoughts and prayers and we are pleased to take action on their behalf whenever and however we can be of help.

Saturday, May 21, 2016: Armed Forces Day Flag Rally... You're Invited!

The Benton County Republican Women invite you to attend a non-partisan Flag Rally on May 21st from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in front of the National Guard Armory, 1100 NW King Blvd., Corvallis. The public is encouraged to attend and pay tribute to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Please bring your family, friends, flags and support the troops signs. We will have extra flags and signs for those who need them. LET'S SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! Someone might even bring refreshments :-)

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Thank our Troops and... help the DAR set a world record!

Benton County Republican Women are enthusiastic to help the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) set a record for the “Most letters to military personnel collected in one month.” In order to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title, DAR must collect and then mail at least 10,000 letters to active duty service members in one month’s time. So you're in, right? Please bring your letter to the BCRW's General Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016, 11AM, at King Tin Restaurant, 1857 NW 9th St. in Corvallis.

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Bob Hope... It's Priceless

Thank you to all who have served and sacrificed for our great Country!
(Hat tip: KimR)
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Angel Flight (Radio Tower Remix) with Lyrics

Thank God for the men and women who protect our country... sometimes with their lives. Angel Flight aircrew bring our fallen home, with dignity, care and honor. With the exception of Air Force One, Angel Flights take precedence over all other aircraft for take off and landing. President George W. Bush, however, gave a counter order to his flight crew; "Angel Flights always go first."

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Distinguished Flying Cross Veterans honored at Safeco Field

As part of the 'Salute to Those Who Serve' program, the Seattle Mariners recognize recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal on July 12, 2015. Watch for local veteran, Jonathan Hayes, as these heroic military pilots are introduced. For a larger view, click HERE.

The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to aviators and aircrew for heroism and/or extraordinary achievement during aerial flight. The Distinguished Flying Cross is the only medal conferred by all five military services, in all wars and campaigns from World War I to the present.
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A Kid and a $20 Bill

As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman has an update on the story of Myles Eckert, who gave his newfound fortune away to U.S. soldier. The 9-year-old didn’t realize his investment in kindness would yield such a great return.

(Hat tip: Carolyn Webb) Found on Net Hugs
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May 8, 1945: VE Day

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) was on May 8th 1945. VE Day officially announced the end of World War Two in Europe. On Monday May 7th at 02.41. German General Jodl signed the unconditional surrender document that formally ended war in Europe. Winston Churchill was informed of this event at 07.00. Read more at History Learning Site Read More......

Vietnam veteran, POW George Robert Hall dies at 83

A Vietnam War veteran, who endured one of the longest captivities as a prisoner of war in American history, has died. Retired Air Force Col. George Robert Hall succumbed Sunday [February 16, 2014] to his 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 83. “He was just a great American. He was just a strong, strong individual,” said his brother Sam Hall of Hattiesburg, a retired golfer. “You couldn’t survive seven and one-half years as a prisoner of war and 20 years with that disease and not be a strong person.” George Robert Hall, who graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1948, spent 7 ½ years (from 1965 to 1973) as a prisoner of war of the North Vietnamese army, after his plane was shot down during a reconnaissance mission. Read more at Air Force Times

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These men were amazing as soldiers … then they became Olympians, too

Whatʼs more patriotic than a military service member? A service member who is also an American Olympian. At Sochi, there are six such super-patriots, active-duty members of the U.S. Army fighting to bring honor to our country in a whole new way. - Read more at: Rare

U.S. Department of Defense/American Forces Press Service: KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia, Feb. 18, 2014 – Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb and Team USA civilian brakeman Steve Langton became the first U.S. athletes in 62 years to win a two-man bobsled Olympic medal by taking the bronze at Sanki Sliding Center here last night. Read More......

A show of support for our deployed service men & women

A reminder to wear red on Friday's - we know many of you ladies have been doing so for years.  Keep it up!
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Thank you for your service!

(Hat tip: Jonathan Hayes)

On April 17, 2007, the Benton County Republican Women arranged for Charles Wiley, from Accuracy in Media (AIM), to speak at their district meeting and also arranged for him to speak on campus through the OSU College Republicans. AIM is a media watchdog. Wiley reported that there was a huge ticker-tape parade to welcome the soldiers home from Vietnam. It was a full-blown celebration that wound through Manhattan and ended up at Times Square. The crowd was estimated at 750,000 well-wishers. Did you know that? We were stunned. The mainstream media was silent... and they shaped the news through omission, in this case. Thank you to all who are serving now, and to all who have served our great country. A belated thank you to our Vietnam Veterans, who --for so long-- felt unappreciated for their service. Read More......

Still Vigilant at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers Despite Hurricane Irene

A lone Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), walks his tour in humble reverence during Hurricane Irene in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., August 27, 2011.

Since taking over the mission on April 6, 1948, Tomb Sentinels from the Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment's "The Old Guard" have guarded the Tomb for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of the weather. CBS News

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Frank Buckles, last WWI Veteran, dies

Frank Woodruff Buckles
February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Buckles, last WWI doughboy, dies at 110 in W.Va. "He didn't seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who'd served in World War I, he became what his biographer called "the humble patriot" and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict." Read more at Yahoo News Read More......

GT: Local Guard Unit Wins Presidential Citation

A Corvallis-based Army National Guard unit has been selected to receive one of the military's highest honors for distinguished service during the Iraq War. ∴ The 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be awarded the Presidential Unit Citation in Corvallis on Saturday. ∴ The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1100 N.W. Kings Blvd. Read more at the Corvallis Gazette-Times...

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A Soldier Died Today (Poem)

A POEM WORTH READING, and sharing! (Hat tip: Nic)
    He was getting
    Old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.
    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew whereof he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer,
    For old Bob has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer
    For a Soldier died today.

    He won t be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won't note his passing,
    'Tho a Soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young
    But the passing of a Soldier
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Someone who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician's stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Soldier,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier--
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Soldier,
    Who would fight until the end?

    He was just a common Soldier,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his like again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Soldier's part
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:
    ---Author unknown
Pass On The Patriotism. YOU can make a difference. God Bless America! AMERICA, the home of the FREE because of the BRAVE.
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Arlington Wreath Project

These wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, started this project in 1992 and founded 'Wreaths Across America.'

Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...

See [7 min.] video from the Worcester Wreath Company and WreathsAcrossAmerica below the fold.

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Prayer request

Circulating email/hat tip: Nic Oliver: We are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 9 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on.

Claire FitzGerald, Chaplain
Marine Corps League, Dept. of Washington

Semper Fi, God Bless America and
God Bless the United States Marine Corps...
Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever

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Albany's Veterans Day Parade

Benton and Linn County Republicans are sponsoring a float in the Albany Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, November 11. You’re invited to ride our beautiful float and thank the many veterans who will be lining the streets. The Benton County Republican Women have made thousands of buttons to present to veterans. Help us give these small tokens of our respect and patriotism to those whose service gives us our freedom. John Bussell, race car driver, has joined us to represent the Oregon Chapter of Operation Homefront.

Our float is NUMBER 186. To find us, turn east off Pacific Blvd onto Queen Avenue SW. Turn north onto Industrial Way, where you’ll find the check-in booth and a map of where our float is located. Floats will line both sides of Industrial Way, Jackson Avenue, 13th St. and 9th St. in the vicinity of the Law Enforcement Center (Map of general gathering area). The parade begins at 11 a.m. sharp, so please be at the float by 10:30 a.m. Thursday should have the best weather of the week, but there’s a small chance of a shower. Bring a rain poncho and dress warmly enough for a November day. Please carpool because parking near the floats may be limited.

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AZ Freedom Rally: Thank you Vietnam Vets

On Saturday, July 24th, the town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans. Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say.

35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I'd laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth. I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I rather speak to you as an American. If you hadn't noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people. I am a proud US citizen and here is my proof. It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it and I am very proud of it. Guess what, I did legally and it ain't from the state of Hawaii. I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6 year old boy could remember anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I can't even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf. 35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended. At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again. I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the US. Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California. It was a miracle from God. If you haven't heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now. It is the freedom and the opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong. I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it. Well, I took the opportunity and here I am. This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one way ticket out of here. And if you didn't know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aiming at your head. That was my experience. In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the pledge of allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can't remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life. Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life. I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California. In someway and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I am here. One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don't know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand. The grown man began to well up. I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back. You see, America is not a place on the map, it isn't a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must buy into this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here. Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can't speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages - last I looked on the internet, there wasn't a Vietnamese translation of the US constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It's not easy, but if it's too easy, it's not worth doing. Before I knew this 46 page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names scribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders. At this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all.

Quang Nguyen
Creative Director/Founder
Caddis Advertising, LLC

As posted on Marine Corps League #1291
(Hat tip: John Detweiler)
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Jim Coffin, long-time Troops supporter passes

Lt. James H. Coffin, USMC (retired)
Sept. 15, 1928 — June 29, 2010
Corvallis Gazette-Times, Obituary

James Henning Coffin was born to Howard William and Fanny Henning Coffin on Sept. 15, 1928, in El Paso, Texas. ∴ He was the youngest of their three sons, and was preceded in death by William Cameron Coffin and Charles Howard Coffin.

Jim attended La Mar Grade School, El Paso High School, Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy, Texas Western College and Southern Methodist University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree at Long Beach State in California. In 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Aviation Cadet Program.

In early 1953, he was designated a naval aviator and commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant USMCR. During his assignment to Korea, he flew AD Sky Raiders with a tour as Forward Air Controller. After Korea, he was assigned as a Basic Flight Instructor in Pensacola, Fla., then to Marine Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He served in Japan and Okinawa, transitioning into flying jets and helicopters.

He was assigned as Assistant Naval Attache to New Delhi, India, and Katmandu, Nepal. Upon returning to the United States, he received refresher helicopter training with assignment to Vietnam. After being shot down, he spent six weeks aboard the USS Repose recovering from a broken back. He returned to Quantico, Va. His last year of active duty was at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif.

Retiring on July 1, 1972, he moved to Oregon, envisioning life as a gentleman country farmer. Instead, fortunately, he managed the Oregon State University Horticulture Research Farm in Corvallis. A number of the professors were hunters, and took him into their group. Jim hunted worldwide, but believed the best hunting was the last 25 years spent with his horticulture friends. He also became a working member of the American Custom Gunmakers’ Guild, at which he plied his trade.

Jim passed away June 29 at his home in Corvallis, with family and friends at his side. He is survived by his two children, Matthew Cameron Coffin of Anaheim, Calif., and Michelle Kimberly Trevisiol of Albany; and by his dedicated longtime partner, Elizabeth Howe of Corvallis.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. July 15 at DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home, Corvallis. Remembrances can be made to Marine Toys for Tots or Benton Hospice Service.
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OSU ROTC Blood Drive

From Pat Dysart, BCRW Paciderm Editor - As we try to help our troops, an area that often gets overlooked is blood donation. The OSU Army ROTC holds two drives each year on the OSU campus at the Navy Center and they typically occur Fall and Spring terms. These drives are part of the Armed Services Blood Program, the official US military blood program. The need for blood is constant. Your donation serves as a vital link to military service members and their families; and have helped to ensure the high quality care of our Service members, retirees, family members, and deployed troops. ∴ For more information, please visit the Armed Services Blood Bank Center – Pacific NW website: Read More......

Children thank Soldiers in song

Via email (Hat tip: Deborah Barrett) - Awesome. I hope this sweeps our country and gets sung in all our schools. The music teacher wrote the song and had all the third graders sing. Enjoy -- great message. ∴ From the third graders of Tussing Elementary, Colonial Heights, Virginia. Don't miss this YouTube - Thank You Soldiers - Veterans Day/Memorial Day Song Read More......

Memorial Day

"Freedom is not a gift. It is an earned benefit that was paid for by the blood of our heroes. From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, the sacrifices and caliber of America's fighting men and women have been nothing short of inspirational."

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It is the Soldier

Photo from 2010 Armed Forces Day Tribute, Corvallis, OR
Poster by Jean Nelson
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Afghanistan Goes Gaga

APRIL 30--"In what may be the most entertaining music video homage ever shot in a war zone, a group of American soldiers stationed at a military base in southwest Afghanistan star in a lip-synced version of Lady Gaga's hit 'Telephone'." Watch the video and meet the soldiers... Read More......

Lou Copes: SOS from Operation Homefront

A message from Lou, 3/16/2010 - Operation Homefront is now located in Heritage Mall. They have a really nice space and furnishing donated to meet the troops, for training on budgeting, shopping, and just surviving. ∴ Today I stopped by to see how contributions were going and received an SOS request for needed items. It appears that [the largest deployment of National Guard Troops in Oregon's history is coming to an end and troops will be returning from Iraq], many without jobs. This will put an added load on the food supply at Operation Homefront when the food closet is already low.

It would be wonderful if everyone could bring one or more items to BCRW meetings. Financial contributions are also welcome. I will see to it that your donations are taken to Operations Homefront.

One item that is exceptionally needed is baby diapers of all sizes. The rest that they are asking for is in the food area and I have listed some suggestions below.
    Complete Box Meal Dinners
    Tuna helper
    Canned tuna
    Canned ham
    Canned milk
    Powder drink mixes
    Hot breakfast cereal
    Cold breakfast cereal
    Toaster pastries
    Peanut butter
    Pancake mix
    Pancake syrup
    Soda Crackers
    Snack crackers
    Packaged snacks and cookies
    Microwave meals
    Microwave popcorn
    Dried beans
    Canned Vegetables
    Canned fruit
    Spaghetti sauce
    Cooking oil
    Cake mixes
    Canned frosting
    Cookie/brownie mix
Thanks for supporting the troops through Operation Homefront.
Lou Copes
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WWII: "North Platte Nebraska, next stop"

(Hat tip: Linda Weimer) When the "Greatest Generation" passed through North Platte, Nebraska during WWII, they got a hug and a handshake, homemade cakes and cookies, and a moment of respite and prayer provided by thousands... (You won't be sorry that you took a couple of minutes to watch this. Let us never forget what they have done for us, and let us never stop thanking them and doing for them what we can.)

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