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  • Remembering our POW/MIAs: The Wartime Saga of Lee McDuff

    Wham!Without any warning the nose of 2nd Lt. Lee McDuff's P-47 Thunderbolt exploded, sending hot shrapnel and broken aircraft fragments flying all about--through the firewall, knocking off the canopy of the Razorback Thunderbolt, and knocking out Lt. McDuff. It was September 20, 1944. In the

  • Jinxed in the CBI - The Oregon Guard and the USO in WWII

    With Christmas approaching and the holiday season underway, thoughts of home come to mind. This phenomenon is the same through time, both now and when American Airmen deployed to the Far East back in December, 1944. There deployed in China was the 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, a unit created

  • Honoring Redhawk Heritage on Veterans Day

    As we pause on this Veterans Day to honor the members of our armed services, we also celebrate our American military heritage. In doing so, we recall the achievements and sacrifices of our predecessors who served our nation. For the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, this includes

  • The 142nd Fighter Wing Remembers 9/11

    As our nation pauses to reflect upon the tragic events of 9/11, we honor those thousands lost in the terrible destruction of that day. Ask just about any American who is old enough to remember, and they can probably tell you where they were and what they were doing when they learned of the brutal


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  • 142nd Fighter Wing Celebrates ORANG's 70th Anniversary

    It was on Friday, April 18, 1941, at the Swan Island Airport in Portland, Oregon, when the 123rd Observation Squadron was activated and thus became the first aviation element of Oregon's National Guard. Last Friday, April 15, beneath a large American flag in the Rosenbaum Hangar at Portland Air