Oregon At War

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  9/11/2007

Deschutes Public Library and Oregon Public Broadcasting are pleased to announce a special screening in Bend of the latest production in the Oregon Experience series titled “Oregon At War,” on September 13, 2007 at the Tower Theater. The screening begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Tickets for the event are required and are available at all branches of the Deschutes Public Library and the Tower Theater Box Office from September 1 through September 12.

“Oregon At War," which airs on OPB stations on September 27 at 9 p.m., captures the stories of Oregonians who participated on all fronts of World War II. The war's onset found Oregonians still reeling from the Great Depression. But four years later, the state emerged from the conflict with a thriving economy and a fast-growing urban sector. Oregon had evolved very quickly, and there'd be no turning back.

"Oregon At War,” explores what happened during those war years through the stories of 17 Oregonians who remember them. Some of these people served in the military: an Air Force pilot from Baker City who was shot down over China; a logger from Scotts Mills who served as a medic in the bloody battles for New Guinea; a crop-science major from OSU who manned a landing craft in the invasion of Normandy; and twin brothers from Portland who both fought in the Battle of the Bulge and were both captured by the Germans.

On the home front, we meet: two Portland-born Oregonians whose families were forced to leave their homes, sell their belongings and live confined behind barbed wire; a Forest Service ranger who responded to the Japanese balloon-bomb killings; a buckaroo who broke wild horses for the US Army Cavalry; a woman who came to Oregon for the wartime work -- and for the right to sit wherever she wanted on the bus; and another woman who, as a teenage girl in a town of young military men, jitterbugged her way through the war.

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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