June 2014

The Oregon WWII Memorial Dedication Ceremony took place on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day to celebrate the generosity, service, and sacrifice of a great community and to honor all 3,771 Oregonians who were killed in combat during the war. Otak was a proud contributor to the project providing pro-bono design services for the Memorial, including survey, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and structural engineering. In June 2011, Bob Plame, a previous client, solicited Otak’s assistance in working with the WWII Memorial Foundation, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Oregon Memorials in the design and preparation of construction plans for the memorial. 

The dedication ceremony was held on a beautiful spring afternoon on Oregon State Capitol grounds with an overflowing crowd of over 1,000 attendees. Speakers and dignitaries included Gov. John Kitzhaber; former Gov. Ted Kulongoski; Bill Markham, a WWII combat pilot and former state legislator; Oregon National Guard officers; and Bob Maxwell, the last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient. Otakians Don Hanson, David Haynes, and Mike Peebles attended the inspirational event, and it was a true honor to be among the many heroes that have served our country at home and abroad. 

As a contributor to the Oregon WWII Memorial, Otak was able to present names of WWII honorees for recognition on a plaque and/or at an information reader board at the site. These heroes have an Oregon connection and served in WWII.

Pvt. Clarence Martin Hanson, Army
Went through Normandy landing and served in France. Father of Don Hanson, a Principal at Otak.

Cpl. John Michael Beyer Jr., Marines
Served for 26 months in the South Pacific. Father-in-law of Scott Sanders, a civil designer at Otak.

John Albert Snider, Chief Storekeeper(AA), Navy
A Pearl Harbor survivor. Grandfather of Jennifer Snider, a project assistant at Otak.
Jack Alfred Emlet, Machinist’s Mate, First Class, Navy
Grandfather of Shannon Graham, an accounts payable administrator at Otak.

1st. Lt. Neil B. Faunce,  100th AAF Base Unit, Army
Grandfather of Tammi Connolly, a Water Resource Engineer at Otak.

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