The Oregon Air Guard’s First Thanksgiving

Roster for the 123rd Observation Squadron on Thanksgiving Day, 1941, page 1 of 2, shows the names of the officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) assigned to the squadron at the time. Major G. Robert Dodson, was the squadron’s first commander and the “founding father” of the Oregon Air National Guard. The first casualties of the 123rd were Second Lieutenants Ray (Rudy) J. Binder and Charles P. Clark, lost on March 20, 1942 in an O-49 Vigilant aircraft mishap at Hoquiam, Washington. Staff Sergeant Albert R. Miller was lost aboard the SS Paul Hamilton when it was sunk with all hands by a German aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea on April 20, 1944. (Les Donis Collection, 142nd Wing History Archive)

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