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May 17, 1858: The Ordeal of the Steptoe Command

Randall A. Johnson (1915-2007) served as Sheriff of Spokane Corral of The Westerners, the group that published The Pacific Northwesterner quarterly magazine for many years. Johnson born in LaCrosse, W...

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McChord Field, McChord Air Force Base, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord: Part 1

McChord Air Force Base, now part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and located south of Tacoma, started out as a municipal airport serving Pierce County before being taken over by the military in 1938. The ...

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McChord Field, McChord Air Force Base, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord: Part 2

McChord Air Force Base (now part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord), located in Pierce County south of Tacoma, has served airlift and air-defense functions since World War II. Its major role has been airlif...

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Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington, Part 1: Civil War to Early Twentieth Century

In the early 1900s Washington had 20 living Medal of Honor recipients. They had come to the state seeking opportunities or they retired from military service here and stayed. Some became active in loc...

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Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington, Part 3: Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan

Three Washington residents were awarded the Medal of Honor for exceptional valor in the Korean War. During the Vietnam War 12 Washington men of valor received the medal. This included the only Seabee ...

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Memorial Day in Washington State

The tradition of remembering the dead in Washington every May 30 came west along with veterans of the Civil War's Union Army and was named both Memorial Day and Decoration Day. Originally an annual o...

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Mitsules, John (1940-2002), Soldier, Activist, Community Peacemaker

John Mitsules earned the Bronze Star during his Army service in Vietnam, was an influential business leader in Seattle's University District during the turmoil of the 1960s, directed the Seattle Mode...

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National Guard Armories in Washington

In the early 1900s, as part of statewide Washington National Guard improvements, the state, with city and county assistance, built impressive armory buildings. The first three opened between 1908 and ...

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Naval Hospitals in Washington

Washington has been home to a variety of naval hospital facilities since the end of the nineteenth century. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton received a naval hospital soon after its establi...

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Nike Missile Bases: Washington State Cold War Defenses

During the Cold War Washington state received substantial defenses against enemy bombing attacks. These included the supersonic Nike missile system emplaced around Seattle, Spokane / Fairchild Air For...

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Nisei Linguists from Washington in World War II

United States military efforts in the Pacific theater during World War II were significantly aided by Japanese-speaking members of the U.S. Military Intelligence Service, nearly all of them second gen...

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Nordic Heritage Museum Vanishing Generation Interview with Bjarne Andvik

This interview with Bjarne Andvik, (b. 1923) is part of The Vanishing Generation Oral History Project in the Nordic Heritage Museum. Interviewed by Olaf Kvamme on October 18, 2000, Bjarne Andvik is a ...

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