From July 8-11, 2008, four members of the 973rd COB took part in a series of training exercises with the Oregon State Police's Mobile Response Team. These photos show a little of what we did in support of the MRT.
The 41st Infantry Division served from 1942-1945 in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations during World War II. The Oregon National Guard formed the nucleus of the 41st Division when it first went to war and included both the 162nd and 186th Infantry Regiments. These photos tell the story of a few of the division's hard-fought victories during the island-hopping campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines.
While working with Cadet Smith and the GFAD's he had brought out on the second day of the exercise, I had a chance to role-play an obnoxious photo journalist who got in everyone's way and generally caused much trouble. These photos are some of the shots I took as a firefight unfolded around the outskirts of our make-shift local national village and its marketplace.
The Photos in the album demonstrate some of what we do, and the bond we share, in the 973rd. They were taken at Camp Rilea, Goshen State Police Range, and at Fort Lewis during our operations with 2-162 Infantry.
A 91st Bomb Group Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress on the ground back in England after getting hit by flak over Berlin on June 11, 1944. The German AA shell blew off the Fort's entire right horizontal stabilizer, yet the crew was able to limp home and land--with gear down, a testament to their skill and the incredible ruggedness of the legendary Boeing.