Senator Will Present His Neighbor with Seven Medals Earned in WWII
Portland, OR – Continuing his pledge since 1996 to hold a town hall each year in each of Oregon’s counties, Senator Ron Wyden will begin the new year with town halls this week in seven counties, including a very special medals presentation to a 100-year-old Eastmoreland resident.
Senator Wyden starts his 20th year of holding annual town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties with his 710th town hall in Deschutes County on Jan. 2 and will hold six more town halls through Jan. 5 before traveling to Washington DC later next week for the start of the 114th Congress.
The town hall in Multnomah County on Jan. 3rd will begin with Senator Wyden presenting 100-year-old Dario Raschio with seven medals that he waited seven decades to receive for his heroism during World War II. Raschio grew up in Portland and joined the Navy in 1941, serving as an observation plane pilot aboard the USS Chester and participating in five campaigns in the Pacific Theatre.
After one particularly harrowing mission on Easter Sunday of 1944, Raschio crash-landed in the Pacific and his plane began to capsize. Raschio and his crewman prepared for the worst, but were rescued a few hours later by a Navy destroyer.
Senator Wyden will present Raschio with the U.S. Naval Aviator Badge, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the “Ruptured Duck” award and the U.S. Navy Honorable Discharge Pin. He also will present Raschio with a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol and Certificate.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETING
PCC Southeast Campus, Mt. Tabor Hall
2305 SE 82nd and Division, Portland
****Free parking available in the PCC lot off 82nd Ave. NO parking permit will be required.****