County relocates Dahl memorial; ceremony set for Nov. 9

From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5911

Media and Interested Parties

A memorial in honor of Clackamas County native Larry Dahl has been relocated from the grounds of the Museum of the Oregon Territory (MOOT) in Oregon City to the county's Red Soils Campus.

Dahl, born in Oregon City, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his sacrifice in Vietnam. He was killed in action on Feb. 23, 1971, sacrificing his life by throwing his body upon a grenade that had been lobbed into the gun truck he was riding in. His action saved the lives of other members of his company.

Dahl is the only Clackamas County native to receive the Medal of Honor. He is buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

For years, the memorial stood outside the MOOT in a somewhat hidden, nondescript area. The Clackamas County Historical Society, which operates the museum, is a partner in this relocation project, and will join the county and others in hosting a rededication ceremony at the new location on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at 2051 Kaen Road.

"We are proud to be able to offer a spot where people can come and contemplate the sacrifice Larry Dahl made for his comrades and for his country," said Commissioner Tootie Smith, who will speak at the rededication. "This ceremony will be a chance to honor him and his family."

The newly located memorial will stand between the county's Development Services Building and Public Services Building near the Circle of Honor which commemorates the actions and sacrifices of local veterans and their families.

The rededication ceremony will feature guest speakers from the military including the Assistant Adjutant General of Oregon, Brigadier General Steven Beach, and Major General Thomas Mattson, now retired, who was a Platoon Leader in the 6th Battalion, 71st Artillery unit in Vietnam.

The ceremony will also feature a presentation to Dahl's family. Larry Dahl's son, Michael, will speak at the event.

For more information, members of the media may contact Tim Heider at 503-742-5911.