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Vancouver, Washington

(Airport Portland, Oregon PDX)

May 3-6, 2017        Wednesday-Saturday

May 7, 2017               Sunday Add-on Day


Hampton Inn

315 SE Olympia Drive, Vancouver, Washington

Reserve on Hilton.com using code CAM, or call 360.426.7866

$139/night, free breakfast, free parking, free airport shuttle



CO-SPONSORS (as of Nov. 8, 2016)

9th District Coast Artillery Group

Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum (LCI 713)

Buffalo Soldiers Moses Williams Pacific NW Chapter

Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Tacoma WA

Coast Artillery Museum

Coast Defense Study Group

 Community Military Appreciation Committee

Fort Vancouver National Trust

Historic Fort Steilacoom Association

Lewis Army Museum

Save the PT Boat, Inc.

The Vancouver Barracks Military Association




                  Charlie Bogart                        Terry McGovern

              Alfred Chiswell                       Mark Morgan

             Dale Floyd                               Vance Nelson

             Bridget Hart                            Nick Reynolds

                   Mark Magnussen                  Vincent Rospond





Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Board of Directors meeting at hotel 1-4pm

Welcome reception at hotel for all attendees 5-7pm



Thursday, May 4, 2017 (all day in/around Fort Vancouver)



Possible topics include:

1. Hemingway and Espionage – Nick Reynolds

2. Oregon in the Cold War – Mark Morgan

3. 1877 Flight of the Nez Perce -- Jack Matthews

4. Vancouver Barracks history and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients in the Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery -- Jeff Davis

5. Buffalo Soldiers (in attendance, Bill Morehouse, served at Vancouver Barracks WWII)

6. PT Boat 658 Background and RestorationRon Taylor, Save the PT Boat Board Vice President

7. Kaiser Shipyards of WWII




Speaker Maj. Jeff Davis: The Northwest as a Proving Ground for Generals


Site Visits: 

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, WA

At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the history of the Pacific Northwest is told at four unique sites, through four unique stories. Explore the reconstructed British fur trade fort, historic buildings from the U.S. Army's Vancouver Barracks, the history of aviation at Pearson Air Museum, and walking trails.

Vancouver Barracks – Static display with period reenactors, WW1 Ambulance, other military vehicles.  Established in 1849, Vancouver Barracks was the Northwest's first U.S. Army post. These historic buildings are marked with wayside exhibits interpreting their history. Though the buildings are currently closed, the National Park Service is working with many partners to transform the barracks into a vibrant, public service campus.

Officers Row/Marshall House – Administered by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, the preserved Officers Row at Vancouver Barracks incorporates several outstanding examples of Victorian architecture. They include the Gen George C. Marshall House, built in 1886, occupied by the general and his wife from 1936 to 1938 and now housing a museum; the Grant House/Post Commander’s house, now a restaurant; and the O.O. Howard House, now the home of the Trust. 

Pearson Air Museum Pearson Field is one of the nation's oldest operating air fields. Exhibits at Pearson Air Museum highlight early military and civilian aviators here, and the site's World War I Spruce Mill, which produced aviation-grade lumber for Allied planes. 

Fort Vancouver At Fort Vancouver, discover the site's roots as a British fur trading post, built by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1829.


VA Museum & Cemetery – VA Museum includes 1,000 square foot historic building and displays, as well as multiple memorials outside, Vietnam, Merchant Marine, Korea War, and memorial garden. At Post Cemetery, four Medal of Honor recipients, cross section of military and family, including gravesite of Moses Williams, Buffalo Soldier Medal of Honor recipient.


Dinner at Grant House Restaurant




Friday, May 5, 2017

Site Visits:

Columbia Maritime Museum has Coast Guard, shipping and Columbia River history-related displays. The USCG usually has at least one of its medium-endurance cutters tied up nearby. 


Fort Stevens (1863-1947), the former Coast Artillery Corps installation guarding the south side of the Columbia River, is now an Oregon State Park with an excellent historical area and museum. Notably, during the Korean War the U.S. Air Force emplaced one of its early long-range radar sites on top of one of the batteries; the foundations for the radar remain. Moses Williams (Medal of Honor recipient) was stationed there by himself at one point.


Lewis & Clark National Historical Park/Ft. Clatsop

Fort Clatsop, the restored winter camp of the Lewis and Clark expedition, serves as the centerpiece of the National Park Service’s Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, with visitors’ center/museum and a reconstruction of the first American military post on the Pacific Coast.


Fort Columbia, WA (1895-1947), a superb, preserved coast artillery post with buildings and batteries.


Fort Canby, WA (1863-1947) now Cape Disappointment State Park and USCG Station Cape Disappointment. The State of Washington has a Lewis & Clark interpretive center on the parapet of an old gun battery, there are two old lighthouses (Cape Disappointment and North Head), and USCG station Cape Disappointment is one of the older USCG stations on the west coast. The station is probably best known as the training site for the service’s search and rescue boat crews; they face some of the most treacherous seas on the planet on a daily basis.



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Site visits:

PT Boat 658

PT-658 was built at Higgins Industries Boatworks in New Orleans. Completed July 30, 1945, the boat was originally slated to be a part of Squadron 45 and assigned to the Pacific Fleet. As WWII neared its end, the boat was scheduled to be “lend-leased” to the USSR, but the transfer was halted when war hostilities ceased. The boat was then sold to a private owner, and was acquired from the owner’s estate in 1994 by Save the PT Boat, Inc. PT 658 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, and is the only WWII PT Boat in the world that has been authentically restored to as-built condition and is operational with original Packard V-12 engines.



The USS LCI-713 is a World War II era Landing Craft Infantry. Its mission was to place up to 200 soldiers onto almost any beach in the world. The LCI was a joint British-American design of a new type of ship that would be capable of landing soldiers on hostile enemy shores. Within a 2 ½ year period, 951 LCIs were constructed in ten small shipyards in the U.S. Two of those shipyards, Albine Engine and Machine and Commercial Iron Works were in Portland, Oregon. The LCI-713 is on the National Parks Service National Register as a historic vessel. At the end of World War II the Navy had over 5,500 commissioned ships in service. Of that total, over half of those ships were amphibious warfare vessels. Today, out of the many WWII Navy ships listed in the National Register, the LCI-713 is the sole representative of that half of the fleet.


Evergreen Air & Space Museum, McMinnville, OR, with the legendary Hughes H-4 “Spruce Goose” and a large assortment of military aircraft and missiles.


Camp Adair/Adair AFS, north of Corvallis on the Pacific Highway West, served as a major US Army training installation during World War II. From the late 1950s through 1969, as Adair Air Force Station, the site housed a massive air defense command and control facility; it also housed an IM-99 BOMARC air defense missile site which never went into operation.





ADD-ON DAY – Sunday, May 7, 2017

Site Visits:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

Lewis Army Museum (only certified U.S. Army Museum on the West Coast) The Lewis Army Museum interprets the military history of the Pacific Northwest, with a special focus on the Army, Camp Lewis, Fort Lewis and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Its exhibit galleries showcase a variety of artifacts from the U.S. Army and its various military conflicts ranging from the Philippine/American War in 1899-1902 to the Global War on Terror. The museum also has a large collection of military vehicles and macro-artifacts both inside the museum and in the vehicle park.

McChord Air Museum


The 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Tacoma

As a former soldier who spoke very little about his time as a prisoner of war in the Korean War, William Jones' request to preserve the memory of his time as a Buffalo Soldier is something his family took to heart. Following his death in 2009, his daughter, Jackie Jones-Hook, began formalizing a museum in honor of the all-black regiment of the United States military. In 2012, the Buffalo Soldier Museum in Tacoma opened its doors as a haven for students and members of the community to learn about a piece of history that took place between 1866 and 1944 – and is all-too-often forgotten in the textbooks. The museum is one of only two of its kind in the country dedicated to honoring the Buffalo Soldiers, the other being the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston.

Fort Steilacoom Museum

Fort Steilacoom played a significant role in the settling of Washington Territory. Beginning with its construction in 1849 and ending with its closure in 1868, Fort Steilacoom served as a beacon of American power and promise, promoting the migration of settlers to Washington and securing American interest in the region. Located in the south Puget Sound, Fort Steilacoom was a part of an early network of settlements including forts, camps and military posts which were owned by either the United States or the Hudson's Bay Company. Today, the Historic Fort Steilacoom Association seeks to interpret and preserve the fort’s remaining structures, reminding current and future generations of the fort’s contributions to the history of the United States.