To celebrate the birth of the iconic jeep vehicle from WWII, the Oregon Coast Military Museum is hosting its second annual “Jeep Junction” show & shine Saturday June 16th at Johnston Motor Co. on Hwy 101 in Florence. The show starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. and is open to any military jeep, vintage CJ thru current model of Wrangler. Executive Director Cal Applebee stated “Of all the transportation advancements coming out of WWII, the legendary jeep has probably ma
The Oregon Coast Military Museum is excited to announce that it is expanding its hours to five days each week, beginning May 1st. “We’ve always wanted to be more accessible to the public and we have structured a schedule that allows us to do that.” Stated Chief of Staff Geoff Cannon. Previously the Museum was only open three days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The schedule is now expanding to Wednesday through Sunday, with the hours changing from noon until 4:00 p.m. Cann
Oregon Coast Military Museum and Vietnam Veterans The Oregon Coast Military Museum is hosting its Military Heritage Day on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 starting at 2:00 p.m., at the hangar of Sam Spayd at the Florence Municipal Airport. Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit Member at Large, Russ McBride, himself a Vietnam Vet, will share their project that has been in the works for a few years in Medford. The memorial wall will be national in focus. Even at eighty percent scale, it
On March 29th we celebrated a new federal commemorative holiday, National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day, with some great coverage of the event by Mark Brennan here in the pages of the Siuslaw News. It is obviously long over-due given the “welcome home” these Vets didn’t receive originally. While this form of recognition is new for the Vietnam Veterans, recognition by other means over the decades has existed and in fact is still growing. Numerous communities around the Unit
For the second quarter of 2018, long-time Florence resident James Kaul will be featured in the Oral History Veteran of the Quarter program. Kaul, a Minnesota native, was one of eight children in the family, many of whom served in WWII as well as Korean War. Growing up as an aviation enthusiast building model airplanes, his passion and interest in becoming a pilot was further influenced when his father treated he and a brother to a ride on an iconic Ford Tri-Motor as a youth.