Bomber pilot shares vivid memories of POW camp, raids over Japan

May 22, 2013

Richard Murphy is at a difficult age.

At 90 years old, he can still remember the pain in his leg from the crash-landing on Sakhalin Island in December 1944. He still remembers his crew sitting down to dinner with their Russian captors while they were being held as prisoners of war.

Murphy is also aware that the early stages of dementia have taken away his ability to remember what type of plane he flew, who operated the POW camp, his rank or how he escaped. He becomes frustrated when he is unable to recall his wife’s name or how many children they had together.

By Greg Farrar Richard Murphy (left), wearing his bomber jacket and Army Air Corps cap, and his son Kevin share one of their get-togethers with a visit at Spiritwood Retirement Community at Pine Lake.

By Greg Farrar
Richard Murphy (left), wearing his bomber jacket and Army Air Corps cap, and his son Kevin share one of their get-togethers with a visit at Spiritwood Retirement Community at Pine Lake.

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STILL PAYING TRIBUTE

May 22, 2013

World War II vet recalls the days he took to the air as an eager teen

Contributed Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz served as an aviation radioman and gunner in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Contributed
Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz served as an aviation radioman and gunner in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Before Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz boarded the USS Lexington and conducted missions all around the Pacific, the World War II veteran had to fight a different battle — one with his mother.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the eager 16-year-old was determined to enlist in the U.S. Navy, despite the fact that he was underage.

“I was so upset with it that I just kept saying to my mom, ‘Mom, I want to help. You’ve got to let me join,’” he said.

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Lest We Forget 2013

May 21, 2013

Open publication – Free publishingMore military

Lest We Forget – Thank You

May 15, 2013

Thanks so much for helping us honor our local veterans. We know they appreciate it!

Look for this year’s Lest We Forget Section in the May 21 issue of the Issaquah Press.

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Off The Press

April 9, 2013

Help honor veterans with photos, donations

It’s that time of year again, when The Press begins work on Lest We Forget, our annual Memorial Day tribute to veterans.

This year’s section, our fourth annual tribute, will be published in the May 22 paper, the weekend before Memorial Day.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

If you didn’t see last year’s section (which you can view at http://bit.ly/Jrjlk9), you missed the nearly 170 photos of this city’s veterans, those living and those no longer with us. We also wrote a handful of stories about local World War II veterans, whose numbers are (sadly) quickly dwindling.

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Lest We Forget

May 22, 2012

2012 Lest We Forget section

2011 Memorial Day Special Section

May 25, 2011

Remembering Our Veterans

2011 Memorial Day Section