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The Adams County Record Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Page 11 • • • • • • • • • • • •  e o i I i t o • Meadows Valley " • Veterans Day Assembly " • On Tuesday November. : 12th there will be a Veterans ." Day assembly at Meadows " • Valley Schools to honor those • who served and those who , "are serving. The assembly : • " will be held in the gym of • " Meadows Valley School at : • 9:00am. The Meadows Valley • ." Band and Choir will both ." • perform. There will also be • • presentations by the senior :dass in an effort to express : gratitude to veterans and- i their families. All local refer- : •ans are invited to attend this • presentation in their honor. : ." --Sarah Price, Meadows Valley : • Senior Class - • • o• • •• qt • •o••••O0000 Ontario Armory natm.',00 after local veteran BY DALE FISK A couple years ago, there was an event related to a local veteran that went unnoticed, for the most part, in our area. On Aug. 11, 2010 the Oregon National Guard dedicated the Captain John W. Brown Armory in Ontario, Oregon. John Brown lived at Mesa as a boy, and attended school both at Mesa and Council. He was the uncle of Patty McFadden Gross and Fred McFadden. (He was their mother's brother.) The new 36,000-square-foot armory (dubbed a Readiness Center) replaces the 1950s-era former armory situated near the Malheur County Fairgrounds. It includes two Abrams Full-Crew Interactive Simulator Trainer bays along with a five-lane, 75-meter indoor firing range, which can be used by both the Guard and area law enforce- ment agencies. The John W. Browl Armory is situated at 1330 Southwest Fourth Street and is home to the Oregon Guard's Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, and 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team. John Brown enlisted in the Arm)' in January of 1941, about 11 month,, before Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7. He was deployed to Europe in September, 1944, and entered combat November 9. Although he was in combat for just under a year, he accomplished an outstand- ing number of honors. On December 2 he received his first Bronze Star for "Meritorious achievement in ground opera- tions." Two weeks later, the German Army launched a major coun- terattack in Belgium. Brown was awarded the Silver Star for gallant action. He was wound- ed just a few days later, received a Purple Heart and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. On April 11, 1945 Brown received a second Purple Heart for wounds received in action. Soon after that, he was given a second Bronze Star for heroism in ground combat on April 15 in south- east Germany. He was soon promoted to 1st Lieutenant. John married Geraldine Pettet in Ontario, Oregon on October 14, 1945, and was discharged from active duty We All the You Need that December. In August of 1948, First Lt. Brown became the first executive officer of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment when that unit was activated. On July 1 of the fol- lowing year, he became company commander, and served in that capac- ity for the next five years. In May of 1952 he was promot- ed to Captain. Two years later, Brown was assigned as operations officer at battalion headquarters in LaGrande, Oregon. Captain Brown returned to company command in 1955 and held that position until 1961 when he transferred to the U. Army Retired Reserve with 21 ½ years of service. John William Brown died at his home in Ontario on March 29, 1989. His widow, Geraldine, still lives in Ontario. While the new John W. Brown Armory will house the Ontario Guard unit, it will also provide dassrooms and an assembly hall for Treasure Valley Community College. Another key asset to the building is its green technology. The Guard plans to incor- porate a highly efficient hydrother- real-based heating system. The system, once it is operational, will boast one of the largest solar power arrays on the Idaho Power electrical grid. The proposed system is capable of produc- ing more than 100 kilowatts of energy per hour. Naming this unique facility after John W. Brown is a fitting tribute to a real hero and former citizen of our community. ADAMS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER, INC. 205 North Berkley Council, Idaho 208-253-4242