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Days Gone By: Feb. 14, 2018

This day in local history for February 14.

Published on February 14, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 14, 1918

Six men were found among the thousands examined at Camp Lewis with a complete transposition of bodily organs, according to Dr. Guy Boyden, who served as one of the medical examining officers there for several months. The heart in each was found the right instead of the left side and the liver on the left instead of the right side. The spleen and opening of the stomach were also on the opposite side from the normal. None of the men thus constituted were rejected as all were physically sound. Despite the fact that their hearts are not in the right place, they will make good soldiers in the belief of the medical officers.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 14, 1968

First Lt. Dennis B. Fryrear, U.S. Marine Corps, has been cited for heroism in the Vietnam War in May 1967. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks G. Fryrear, Pendleton. Fryrear, assistant operations officer of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, took command when the battalion commander was wounded during a Viet Cong assault. “Reacting instantly, First Lieutenant Fryrear … quickly established an effective perimeter defense away from the mortar impact area,” the citation reads. “Remaining calm in the face of grave danger, he encouraged and directed his men throughout the night, expeditiously organized the evacuation of casualties and relayed situation reports to higher headquarters. His dauntless courage and complete disregard for his own safety during the intense enemy mortar attack inspired his men and contributed significantly to the repulse of the Viet Cong attack. …”

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 14, 1993

Beneath the red and white streamers arching across the Pendleton Senior Center ceiling sit a pair of 60-something newlyweds. Vivian Larsen, 69, and her new husband, Albert, 67, met late in life. Both had long marriages that stretched into the decades, both had spouses who died. “We hold hands wherever we walk,” says Vivian. “At our age, you don’t waste the time you do when you’re younger. You make every minute count.” Albert often helps hoist decorations at the senior center. It was here that he met Vivian, half a year ago. Older love, she says, is different but just as enthralling. “I think that’s a myth that ought to be squelched,” says Vivian of youth’s supposed monopoly over matters of the heart. “You love at any age of your life.”


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