Dahl memorial rededication set for Nov. 9; Photo exhibit on display

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

 Media and Interested Parties

A memorial honoring Larry Dahl, Clackamas County's only Medal of Honor recipient, has been relocated to the county's Red Soils Campus in Oregon City.

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.

For years, the memorial stood in a nondescript location on the grounds of the Museum of the Oregon Territory. 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.

The newly located memorial stands 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 Clackamas County Arts Alliance is helping to display a collection of photos from Dahl's life and service in Vietnam in the county's Public Services Building. Photos are mounted on one of the walls in the lobby reserved for Art in Public Places, and will run until Nov. 15.

The rededication ceremony will feature guest speakers from the military and 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 Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at 503-742-5911.