Vietnam veteran Sgt. Kirby Heath, of Warm Springs, earns Bronze Star, returns home.

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October 10, 1918

The following letter purports to have been written by the crown prince to his father, the Kaiser, during the recent disastrous campaign:

Somehwere in France, "On der run all der time."

"Dear Papa: I am writing on der run, as der brave and glorious soldiers under my command have not seen der Rhine for so long dat dey started back dat way, and of course, I am going mit dem. Oh papa, dere has been some offel tings happened here in France. First, I started my big offensive which was to crush de fool Americans, but dey know so little about military stactics dat dey vill not be crushed ike I want dem. I sent my men in der fight in big waves, and ven dey got to der Americans dey all said "boo" yust so loud as they cold holler.

"Vell, accoding to vat you have always told me, der Americans have turned and run like blazes, but vat do you think? Dem fool Americans don't know anything about war, and instead of running de odder way dey came right at us. Some of dem were singing about "Ve vont come back till it's all over, over there," or some other foolish song, and some of dem was laffing like fools. Dey are so ignorant.

"But dey are offel reckless with dere guns and ven dey come toward us it was den dat my men took a notion to go back der dear, old Rhine. Ve don't like de little dirty Marne river anyhow. And, oh papa, dem Americans use such offel language. And dey talk blasphemy oo. Vat you tink dey said right in front of my face? One husky from a place dey call Nebraska, he said – Oh papa, I hate to tell you vat a awful thing he said – but I can't help it – he said, 'To hel, it der Kaiser.' I didn't tink anybody would said such a offul ting.

"And furdermore, dem Americans can't be much of a chentlemens. It made me so mad. I vouldn't stand an hear such a offel ting, so I turned around and run mit der odder boys. Vas I right? Vat? And oh, papa, you know dem brest plates vot you sent us — can you send us some to put on our backs? You know we are going der oder way now and brest plates are no good – de cowardly Americans are always shooting us in der backs.

"Some of our boys took der brest plate and put them behind, but de fool Americans are playing der 'Star Spangled Banner' mit machine guns right on dem plates. Can't you help us? Remember in your speech, you sed nothing could stand in front of de brave German?

"Oh papa, I don't believe de ignorant Americans ever read your speech, for dey ran after us like ve was a lot ob rabbits. Vot you dink of dat? Von't you send dem some of your speeches right away? Dey don't know how terrible you are. Can't you move my army back to Belgium vere ve von all der time? My men will vip all de vimmin und children dot dem Belgiums can bring us, but dese Americans are so rough and ignorant.

"Ve can't make dem understand dot we are der grandest soldiers on earth, and ven ve try to sing 'Deutschland uber Alles' dey laff like a lot of monkeys, but ve are getting de best of the Americans, ve can out run dem, papa. If ve are not the best fighters on earth ve are the best runners. Nobody can keep up mit us ven ve think of dot dear old Rhine, und my army never did think so much of dot dear old Rhine eder. Let me know vot to do right avay by return post office."

Crown Prince.


October 7, 1943

According to a telegram received from Washington, D.C., last Tuesday by Howard W. Turner, president of the Jefferson Water Conservancy District, the ban on the partial stop order for the immediate construction of the North Unit of the Deschutes project has been lifted. This release came from the war production board through the non-facilities committee.

With this approval of continuation of work, construction of the crossing over the Crooked River gorge and the work of tunneling through Smith Rock can now be commenced.

According to conditions set forth by the government, the crossing over the Crooked River gorge is to be built primarily of timber secured from local sources with the understanding that this material may be changed to steel construction next year; further provision has been made that a maximum of 100 free labor, meaning manpower not otherwise engaged, be employed in construction of this work.

Under this provision of 100 free labor, there will be provided in sufficient number skilled mechanics, operators and other technicians to carry on construction of this work which has been the bottleneck in the contemplated completion of the project.


November 14, 1968

Sgt. Kirby Heath, USA, son of Walter and Ellen Heath, Warm Springs, and former member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, Vietnam, was feted Saturday, Nov. 9, in an evening "victory" dinner and dance staged at the Warm Springs Community Center.

The Vietnam veteran and Bronze Star winner for valorous action returned home Nov. 3.

Tribal drums were sounded and traditional dancing of another era was performed in Heath's honor as befitting a contemporary warrior returned from war.

Drumming of another sort was present last May 14, as enemy gunners zeroed in with mortars and rockets, pinning his company down on a narrow ridge near Tam Ky.

Heath, teamed with another soldier, ignored a hail of enemy arms and automatic weapons fire, crossed a deep ravine to reach the cover of a large rock at the top of a steep cliff, which the North Vietnamese did not expect could be climbed. His companion was hit and disabled just as the two reached the rock. A grenadier, Heath immediately began directing a deadly stream of fire on the enemy's exposed, blind side. Covered by his injured comrade, the Warm Springs soldier dashed through areas exposed to fierce enemy counterfire, throwing grenades, and systematically destroying a number of enemy redoubts. As a result of courageous performance, Company A was relieved the North Vietnamese unit was forced to withdraw leaving 46 dead behind.


October 7, 1993

Jurors in the John Ackroyd murder trial deliberated less than six hours on Tuesday and returned to the Jefferson County Court room with the verdict of guilty on all five counts of murder.

Closing arguments from prosecution and defense attorneys in the Ackroyd murder trial were given to a full courtroom of listeners on Tuesday morning.

Ackroyd was found guilty in the death of Kaye Jean Turner of Eugene. Turner's disappearance in Camp Sherman on Christmas Eve prompted a big search and widespread concern. She had been vacationing with friends and family in the area when she went out for a morning jog and was never seen again.

Ackroyd was questioned at the time of Turner's disappearance, but had an alibi, which his friend Roger Beck provided for him. Investigators now feel the two men committed the crimes together. Beck is being held in the Linn County jail, separate from Ackroyd, who is being held in the Jefferson County jail, to prevent collaboration.

Ackroyd will be sentenced on Dec. 6, 1993.

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