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You can always count on the Marines

Paul Wahl is editor of the Wallowa County Chieftain.

Published on January 17, 2018 10:42AM

Paul Wahl, Chieftain Editor

Paul Wahl, Chieftain Editor

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My buddy Mike Koloski sent me the details on this.

He and a number of other folks attended graveside services for former Marine George Hill at the Enterprise Cemetery last Thursday morning. Members of Eagle Cap Post 4307 of the VFW were assembled with flags, rifles and decorations.

Just prior to the start of the ceremony, Lee Bollman of Bollman’s Funeral Home announced to assembled group of veterans and family that there would be a 10-minute delay awaiting the arrival of a Marine Color Guard on its way from Spokane.

Shortly, two members of the color guard, a sergeant and private in dress uniform, walked up the road to the cemetery. The services took place with the Marines smartly folding the burial flag for presentation to the widow and family.

After the ceremonies, Mike learned that four Marines had left Spokane for Enterprise early that morning driving over snowy and treacherous roads. They ran off the road twice on their trip.

The last incident required them to leave their vehicle by the roadside and split up in pairs to hitch-hike on to Enterprise. One pair made it and walked the last quarter mile to the cemetery for the service.

“It’s a great story of the Marines’ ability to persist, improvise and prevail in peace as well as war,” Mike said.

STOPPED BY the shop to have Bunk Sasser remove some of the fuzz from my nearly-bald head last Wednesday. Turns out it was Bunk’s 87th birthday. I would have guessed him about 10 years younger.

Bunk says he’s doing well but has come to believe his mind is 20 years younger than his body.

“There’s things I think I should be able to do, but I just can’t do them anymore,” he said.

Bunk recently moved Valley Barbers to a new location, so it appears he’s planning to be around for many years to come.

I always get a Tootsie Pop from Bunk for being a “good boy” while I’m getting my hair cut.

REMEMBER OUR conversation of a while back when I told you about a 12-year-old murder story in Troy topping the number of hits for our website three consecutive months.

Mystery solved. An online reader informed me that the reason for the upsurge was because Benjamin Paul Harrell, the man originally accused of murder in connection with the 2006 incident, recently began posting videos on YouTube about firearms and shooting. YouTubers apparently wanted to know more about him, Googled and landed at our front door.

Is it just me, or do people who spend a lot of time on the Internet tend toward the macabre?

THANKS TO letter-writers who took time to chime in on the “no” side of the Measure 101 issue.

Quite frankly, I was expecting a lot more of them and was prepared to publish each one.

Looking at the balance of voter registration, I would expect to hear more from Republicans on issues of the day. According to statistics from the Oregon Secretary State, as of January 2017, the county had 2,588 registered Republicans and 1,247 Democrats. There were also 220 Independents and 1,167 Nonaffiliated.


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