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In Bend on Thursday a World War 2 veteran will be honored in a special ceremony at Stone Lodge. 
 
Jonathan West will get the Congressional Gold Medal for his role in a segregated black unit that worked on damaged war equipment by day and fought off the Japanese by night.  The Japanese continually tried to retake the island.  Local veteran Lyle Hicks says the Montford Point Marines made a big difference in the war effort. 
 
Hicks spoke to KBND news on Tuesday morning.
 
"SO EARLIER ON THIS YEAR CONGRESS AWARDED THEM A UNIT AWARD- THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL - WHICH IS A REALLY BIG SOLID GOLD MEDAL -JONATHAN WASN'T ABLE TO GET BACK TO WASHINGTON D.C. TO DO THAT SO WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT HE GETS HIS AWARD IN A PROPER CEREMONY AT STONE LODGE." 
 
It is believed that 420 members of the unit are still living-  news reports say about 370 were present at the congressional ceremony in Washington DC on June 27th.
 
Hicks further explains the tough job the Montford Point Marines had to pull off.
 
"AND THeir JOB WAS TO WORK ON EQUIPMENT THAT WAS BROKEN DOWN AND SEND it OUT DURING THE DAY - BUT AT NIGHT THEY HAD TO REPEL THE JAPANISE FORCES THAT WERE TRYING TO TAKE THE ISLAND BACK - SO THEY DIDN'T GET A WHOLE LOT OF REST - SO THEY DID AN EXCELLent JOB AND WERE A GREAT PART OF THE WAR EFFORT."
 
The unit was among the first wave of black men recruited or drafted into the Marines, and it was named after  the segregated boot camp in North Carolina. 
 
The ceremony at Stone Lodge is scheduled for 10 a.m. 

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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