Southwest Washington veterans

Every November, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, shares the stories of Southwest Washington’s veterans on her website.

“It is my duty to honor our military veterans by making sure they have access to the resources and support they were promised,” the Congresswoman said. “Sharing their heroic stories is just one way I hope to honor the sacrifices they made for our security and freedom.”

On her website, you can find the story of Dorothy Grassby of Ridgefield, who served in the U.S. Women’s Army Corps from 1942-45.

“Dorothy worked in the nerve center in Algiers, North Africa. She was told to ‘forget everything she ever saw or heard.’ As an excellent speed typist she decoded information from Washington D.C. to General Eisenhower,” her story begins.

Or you can read about Eldred Katyryniuk of Chehalis, who served in the U.S. Navy.

“Eldred served in the Navy as a Seaman 1st Class on the USS Bismarck Sea which was sunk while supporting the Iwa Jima invasion. As one of only a few living seaman who experienced this historical event, his story is gut wrenching,” according to Herrera Beutler’s website.

You can read more about Dorothy and Eldred and other Southwest Washington veterans at www.JHB.House.Gov

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or Follow her on Twitter .

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