Representatives of arts community discuss potential uses for building
Almost a century ago, the hospital at Vancouver Barracks helped 20,500 patients recover from the Spanish flu.
After 70 years, a Vancouver bride and groom finally got to enjoy their slices of wedding cake. And the policeman who interrupted the proceedings this time was packing a pardon.
Veterans recall where they were on ‘day that will live in infamy’
Rich Hatton was headed to breakfast aboard the USS Worden when he saw all the fancy flying going on in the sky over Pearl Harbor. As Hatton saw planes swoop and dive and skim the water, “I couldn’t imagine what our Air Force was doing,” he said.
When America went to war 69 years ago, John Leach fought the opening battle in his underwear. Leach was aboard the USS California when Japanese warplanes targeted Pearl Harbor’s “Battleship Row” on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
Commemoration to be held inside at Vancouver Barracks
Sixty-nine years ago, they were young sailors, soldiers and Marines enjoying a weekend morning in a Hawaiian paradise. The next moment, they were fighting for their lives as that paradise exploded all around them — and in some cases, blew up under their feet.
Navajo who served in WWII to speak at local ceremony
David Patterson, who turned his native Navajo tongue into a secret weapon during World War II, will be the guest speaker Thursday at Vancouver’s Veterans Day observance. Patterson was one of about 400 Navajos who joined the U.S. Marines and were used as communication specialists in the war in the Pacific.
The journey to citizenship was a family project for some newly minted Americans. When the National Park Service teamed up with immigration authorities earlier this month for their first naturalization ceremony in Vancouver, some husband-and-wife pairs and at least one father-son combination raised their right hands together to take the oath of allegiance.
New contract adds three vacation days, no pay raise
Clark College President Bob Knight, former commander of the U.S. Army’s Vancouver Barracks, has earned another three years at his current post. Last week, Clark’s board of trustees voted to extend Knight’s original three-year contract through August 2013.
When we recently asked readers to share their Vancouver Barracks memories, we didn’t expect a Cinderella story. But that was how Louise Van Brocklin described her stint working as a maid on Officers Row in 1937 and 1939.
A few days ago, Jere Van Dyk returned to his tribal region. The 1964 Hudson’s Bay grad got a warm welcome during a national tour promoting “Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban.”
Visitors get a vivid picture of U.S. troops through the years
With the cry of “Fire!” six Civil War soldiers’ muskets roared to life and enveloped them in a cloud of smoke. Cheers greeted the exhibition at the Fort Vancouver National Site, punctuated by a 3-year-old boy’s shouting, “That was awesome.”
The 160th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Army post in Vancouver will be commemorated this weekend with events that include tours of the Vancouver Barracks site. While living history events will continue to be part of the annual Soldiers’ Bivouac, officials at the Fort Vancouver National Site have added tours of Vancouver Barracks to the Saturday and Sunday schedules.
Free ‘Evening on the Row’ features re-enactors
Friday’s “Evening on the Row” event will be part of a weekly look at life at Vancouver Barracks, offered by costumed interpreters. The free programs will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Officers Row at the Fort Vancouver National Site, through Sept. 10.
Edwin Dallman’s photo is on page A3 of The Columbian this morning, showing the Navy veteran getting a haircut at the Vancouver Barracks barber shop. On May 31, this space told about a World War II military milestone that featured Vancouver aviator Wayne Bissell, who was part of the Doolittle Raid that bombed Japan in 1942.
The Army Reserve and Washington National Guard occupy 27 buildings in the East and South Barracks. Vancouver Barracks hosts a family resource center for identification cards and family support, a post exchange, and a beauty and barber shop. 1825: Hudson’s Bay Co. builds Fort Vancouver near the Columbia River, laying the foundation for future Vancouver Barracks.
CreditsVancouver Barracks project team: Marsha Matta, Andrea Damewood, Tom Vogt, Steven Lane, Troy Wayrynen, Zachary Kaufman, Mark Bowder, Adam Coddington, Jeff Bunch, Robert Holcomb and Dave Kern