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Vets plan memorial expansion: Addition will be placed behind existing monument

LOCAL VETERANS are proposing the addition of a granite wall behind the existing monument.

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LOCAL VETERANS are proposing the addition of a granite wall behind the existing monument.



Medal of Honor awards planned for new memorial

Army Sgt. Marcus Robertson was an infantryman who was presented with America’s highest military decoration on April 28, 1906, for his actions in the Philippine-American War. As a private, he helped rout out a large enemy force near San Isidro despite his unit being greatly outnumbered by enemy fighters. He died at age 78 and was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, several miles south of Hood River.

Harry Fadden was a Navy Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who served as a coxswain onboard the U.S.S. Adams. He was recognized for risking his life on June 30, 1903, to save a fellow sailor who had hit his head on a rail and fallen overboard in shark-infested waters off the coast of California. His medal was awarded about one month later and Fadden died Feb. 2, 1955 at the age of 73 in King County, Wash.

The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee is gearing up to add a granite wall to the existing monument at Kelly Viewpoint...

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