Saturday, May 30, 2009

New building at Withycombe a tribute to the "Greatest Generation"

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard (left), presents WWII veteran, and former 41st Infantry Division member, Leland “Bud” Lewis, with a commemorative plaque at a groundbreaking ceremony for the 41 Armed Forces Reserve Center, held at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., May 29. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

Yesterday I blogged about the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 41 Infantry Division Armed Forces Readiness building being built at Camp Withycombe.

Check out Julie Sullivan's story, complete with a very insightful and informative interview with former 41st Infantry Division member, retired U.S. Army Reserve Col. Leland "Bud" Lewis, on the Oregonian website, here.

In the typical humble fashion of his generation, Lewis said the same thing to me that he told Julie. "I guess by default I represent the 41st Division because I'm one of the last ones alive," he said.

"I'm very privileged and proud to be a part of this," Lewis added.

Thank you Julie for reminding me of a very important part of our, and Camp Withycombe's legacy. God bless the 41st Infantry Division, and one of its last representatives, Mr. Bud Lewis.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

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