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January 2009

The Veterans Memorial Committee launches a Raffle to help raise money for constuction of the project.

Tickets can be purchased from any member of the committee or at local particiation merchants.

First prize is a Weatherby Vangaurd Rifle package in your choice of caliber from 22-250 to .338 Magnum. The package includes a 3x9x40 scope, blued barrel, synthetic stock and hard case.

Second prize is a Taurus PT24/7 Pro Pistol in your choice of stainless steel or blued and choice of calibers of 9mm, 40, or .45acp.

Third prize is a Bunker Hill Silver Set.

Sponsors of the fundraiser are Ron's Sportsman in Kellogg, AJ's Engraving, ABC Business Equipment, and "My Big Fat Greek Deli".

All firearms transfers will be made from a federal firearm licensed dealer in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws.

November 11, 2008

The Silver Valley Veterans Memorial Committee erected the first wall which is dedicated to Lt. Frank Reasoner. As the rain poured down on November 11th, at 11:00 friends and family of Frank gathered under a tent for the dedication of his memorial 40 years after his death. Speaking at the event was Frank's son, Michael.

"I wasn't quite two years old, so I never really knew my father," Frank Reasoner's son Michael said. "He strove and joined the Marine Corps, petitioned congressman and eventually got an appointment to West Point ... able to get himself an education, become an officer ... just sort of the American story about being able to elevate yourself."

The ceremony and unveiling was conducted by Lee Haynes with the help of Mr. Charles French, both members of the Silver Valley Veterans Committee.

Reasoner deployed to Vietnam with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, where he was the Alpha Company commander.

On July 12th he was leading a recon patrol near Da Nang when he came under fire from 50 to 100 Viet Cong insurgents. His men hit with withering automatic weapons fire, several were wounded. Lt. Reasoner rallied his men, killing several of the Viet Cong. His radio operator was hit by enemy fire twice and as Lt. Reasoner rushed to his aid he was cut down by enemy fire.

Lt. Reasoner was 27-years-old when he died.

For his courageous service President Lyndon Johnson posthumously awarded Reasoner the Medal of Honor. The Knox-class frigate FF-1063 USS Reasoner was christened in his memory. Now the residents of the Silver Valley have paid tribute to him as well.

"It's kinda like finally the community gives him a rightful place," Lee Haynes of the Silver Valley Veterans Memorial said.

Veterans in the Silver Valley spent the past three years raising more than $10,000 to make sure Reasoner would never be forgotten.

"I see a guy also who stepped up to the mark, said OK I'll give it all and probably didn't give it a second thought," Haynes said.

The memorial is part of an overall plan to honor every veteran in the Silver Valley. Eventually there will be close to 2,000 names on a wall around this memorial to Marine Lt. Frank Reasoner.

February 22, 2007

The City of Kellogg and the Veterans Committee officially signed a formal lease for the site of the memorial.  The lease was signed for the site by Kellogg Mayor Mac Pooler and American Legion Gus Zoellner Post 36 Commander Phil Ruff.  Pictured below is Phil Ruff and Kellogg Mayor Pooler sitting in the front formalizing the lease.  Pictured from left to right are: Joe Hauser, veteran; Merv Hill, council; Terry Douglas, council; David Walter, veteran; Lee Haynes, veteran; Dennis Norris, council; Ken Schueman, council; Todd Goodson, council; and Chuck French, veteran.  Photo courtesy of The Shoshone News-Press.

February 1, 2007:

The Memorial Committee meets every month on the third Thursday of the month.  The location of the next meeting is at the Silver Horn Motor Inn in Kellogg at 1900hrs (7:00 p.m.) Everyone is invited to intend.

The new Silver Valley Veterans Memorial website is now online.  You will be able to keep track of the progress of the memorial right here.  As of today, the contractor (Alpine Construction) is waiting for a break in the weather to begin construction on the foundation surrounding the entire site.  The forms are also being constructed by Roger Oestman to construct the outer wall.  8 inch artillery shells have been acquired and will make up the fence posts surrounding the site.  A few of these have been refinished and can be viewed at AJ's Engraving  located in uptown Kellogg.  Also at AJ's, be sure to view the Memorial Tiles that are now available for purchase.  These 6x6 tiles will be placed along the inside curb and gives the veteran or his family an opportunity to personally recognize their contribution to their country.  Click on "Memorial Tiles" for more information.  Also, coming soon will be a way to search our name list to ensure that you or your family member has been registered to be listed on the wall of honor for free. 

  Check back often.