Letters to the Editor: Nov. 21, 2019
More connections between Tualatin, armed forces
You have a good database for Tualatin involvement with the military. You might consider adding:
• Brian Bushnell, whose name is on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He was first listed as MIA and then KIA. Structural Mechanic Third Class Bushnell was a member of Carrier Early Warning Squadron 116, Carrier Air Wing 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). On April 9, 1970, he was a crew member of a Grumman Hawkeye electronic surveillance aircraft (E-2A) on a routine mission. After takeoff, a fire was reported and the aircraft tried to return to the carrier but crashed about 3 miles away. His remains were not recovered.
Tualatin had two POWs in World War II.
• Army medic Al Turner was captured on the beach on Nazi-occupied France early in the morning on the day after D-Day invasion. After spending time in several POW camps, he was sent to help in an Allied prisoner hospital in Rennes, France, staffed by French doctors and nurses.
• Army Air Corps Major Bradley Summers was shot down over Germany while piloting a B-17. He spent 22 months of captivity, primarily in Stalag 111, located 100 miles southeast of Berlin.
Tualatin adopted the 671st Army Engineer unit when they were deployed in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Tualatin Chamber of Commerce and many civic groups and churches and schools also adopted the unit. They supplied over two tons of personal care items for the unit, which was deployed for over a year.
Initially, the unit was in the desert for 40 days without showers when the war started and suffered the first Oregon casualty of the war, Brandon Tobler.
The Times ran many front-page articles during that period covering adoption activities. The city received national recognition for this adoption and also named as a Portland-area Newsmaker by the Portland Royal Rosarians after nominated by then-Times publisher Steve Clark.
Dale Potts, Tualatin
Well done story on pacemaker surgery
I want to compliment the Portland Tribune and reporter Nick Budnick on the story about Dr. Emilia Arden and the lawsuit about unnecessary pacemaker surgery. [Ed.: The story originally appeared in The Times' sister paper, the Portland
Tribune.] That was a superbly done
piece of investigative reporting.
The article revealed a great deal of information of enormous importance to Dr. Arden's patients, colleagues and employers. It also pointed out some very problematic aspects of the relationship between medical device manufacturers and medical care providers, the exploration of which is very much in the public interest. Well done!
Penny Harper, Tualatin
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