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Farmers and ranchers, fighting for Americans' rights to 
grow food, own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.

OUR PEOPLE Defending our Freedom

 HERE for > WWI and WWII VETERAN  Homesteaders / Settlers



Rising up the ranks< Soaring through the ranks, H&N KBC 7/4/18.  The U.S. Air Force promoted Andrew P Hansen, from Klamath Falls, to brigadier general this past month.

Eulogy of a WWII veteran, 2nd Lt John William "Bill" Quinn, who felt "lucky" to live in Tulelake after the war, spoken by his son Kevin Quinn: "...Dad had said of Tulelake...it was the best place for him after the war because it was a city filled with Veterans.."  9/8/17

"Brown AWOL on veterans issues" by Oregon State Senator Kim Thatcher 6/12/17

PRESS RELEASE: Rep. LaMalfa Helps Halt Collections Notices to California National Guard 10/30/16

PRESS RELEASE - Rep. LaMalfa Responds to Forced Repayment of Veteran Bonuses, 10/24/16

Fixing the VA, letter from Congressman Doug LaMalfa, California's 1st District 9/18/16

Tulelake Monument Honors Homesteaders, H&N 9/11/15.

The Spirit of Klamath
A RODEO GIFT: Custom chaps for soldier  Auction: Buyer gives prize to mom’s son in Afghanistan, H&N 8/17/14

<  Niilo Hyytinen 2/23/1926 - 6/4/2014 former Tulelake businessman and WWII veteran


May 2014 - Below are links to letters to Congress from the WWII veterans or their widows who homesteaded in the Tulelake Basin, found on our HOMESTEADER Page. They were written in 2001 after our U.S. government denied irrigation water to these of The Greatest Generation, after promising irrigation water to them and their heirs. Within a year, the National Academy of Science deemed the shutoff "Unjustified."
Written in 2001
Gerald Johnson
Manuel Silva 
John Masterson 
Carl Voorhees 
John Terry  
Paul Christy 
Fred Robison

Paul Rogers 
Francis Webb

Marion Palmer
Jack Newkirk
Woody Chambers

Jess Prosser
Clyde Todd

Surprise Valley - Clinton Romesha Medal of Honor, H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/13




< Please click on the photo for  a 3 minute tribute to our men and women in the military. Those in this choir have fought, loved, prayed, given. Their words are, "We want to give something back to the brave men and women who served, and are serving, in the armed forces." Jackie Maye gives them an opportunity to share their tribute.

The Boys of Iwo Jima (From the book: Heart Touchers "Life-Changing Stories of Faith, Love, and Laughter) by Michael T. Powers

"...we should remember England's Prime  Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of  his Parliament members why he believes so much in America, he said: "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in... And how many want out." Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom."

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged." ~ President Abraham Lincoln

Support our troops.

Karuk Tribal member sent KBC this letter for Veterans Day, "US Veterans’ Day: I took an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” James A. Waddell, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea DMZ, 8th United States Army. 11/10/09.

Our people in the military - Roadside bombs decline in Iraq, USA Today 6/23/08

Another way to help veterans, H&N viewpoint, posted 6/11/08. LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF OUR BRAVE benefit!

A song to us all written and sung by Iraq troops, received 11/2/07

An interview about the Muslams: The woman is Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American psychologist from Los
Angeles on Al Jazeera television. We suggest watching it ASAP because we don't know how long the link will be active. http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ai=214&ar=1050wmv&ak=nul

Tulelake Marine injured in Iraq, H&N 4/29/07

"I'm Tired" by Joe Repya, Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army 101st Airborne Division, followed by an interview, posted 4/18/07 "I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament. I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War."

You probably did not see this on tv, but HERE is a slideshow of the "Gathering of the Eagles" who marched last week. Take a moment. Here is their website: http://www.oldwardogs.us They support veterans and their country.

Most of the Klamath Basiin was settled by veterans, whose parents and grandparents were veterans, and whose children and grandchildren are veterans. They believe in what they did not only in settling our basin and growing food, but also in their service in the wars to defend freedom.
Some Americans have formed a group to defend and honor our country and our veterans. They sent us the latest anti-war, anti veteran, and anti-American protest.

"...Steven & Virginia Pearcy hanged a U.S. soldier in effigy from their home by a noose - the helmet stuffed with an American flag crumbled into a ball.  Now we've seen the pictures from an anti-war protest in Portland, Oregon where anti-war activists burned not only the American flag, but also burned an American soldier in effigy."

From Oregon Congressman Greg Walden regarding Iraq and timber money for schools, posted to KBC March 24, 2007

Michael Marks has written several poem honoring veterans; his collection is in the International War Veterans' Poetry Archives. Thank you Michael. We live in a valley of veterans:

A Tribute to our Flag, by Elvis.

A Soldier's Christmas Poem by Michael Marks on December 7th, 2000, sent to KBC by Jeff Giles, soldier in Iraq, posted 11/20/06, "...Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, 'Just tell us you love us, and never forget, To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long...' " The works of Mr. Marks have been featured in the Washington Times,  hang in the Titan Missile Museum, and are featured on the International War Veteran's Poetry Archive.  

President's Address to the Nation "THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening. Tonight in Iraq, the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged in a struggle that will determine the direction of the global war on terror -- and our safety here at home. The new strategy I outline tonight will change America's course in Iraq, and help us succeed in the fight against terror..." video screen capture

Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq, Fox News 6/13/06.   (From the fields of Klamath Basin, our sons, daughters, moms, dads, friends and relatives serving our country in foreign lands. President Bush sends word home on our accomplishments. KBC)

Operation Iraqui Freedom, Three Years Later, President George W. Bush, President’s Radio Address posted to KBC 3/23/06

Klamath Basin sons and daughters, moms and dads, are in the military. Here is an update on their accomplishments: IRAQ: The Untold Truths, The New York Post, posted to KBC 3/9/06.

Sen. Joe Lieberman on his visit to Iraq, Wall Street Journal posted to KBC 12/2/05. To our Klamath Basin families with sons and daughters fighting in Iraq, here is a story from Democrat Senator Lieberman telling what our children are doing in Iraq, the story that has been kept from us in the National and Local media.

Congressman Walden in Iraq, 10/8/03.

A letter home from a Klamath Falls soldier, May 26, 2003, H&N                


Stephanie's grandfather Woodie Chambers, a WWII veteran, won a homestead in 1949, a thank you for defending freedom.  As he and his son are beginning a farm season with no assurance that our government will allow us to irrigate, his granddaughter Stephanie is in Iraq, serving her country along with several brave young heroes from the Klamath Basin.  "She missed (her son's) first birthday, and now she may miss his first walk, his first words." See stories by Kehn Gibson, Tri-County Courier

This is Sgt Stephanie Loghry from Tulelake.  Our sons and daughters are in Iraq,  risking their lives so we might be free.  On the home front, our freedom is being taken.   We must not let their service and lives, and those of our fathers, be in vain.    We must preserve their gift at all costs (see story at bottom of page)  








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