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Oregon National Guard History
November 15, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Warren Aney shares his passion and research regarding the history and impact of the 162nd Infantry of the Oregon National Guard–the original citizen soldiers. This regiment, a primary National Guard unit of Oregon’s Willamette valley, was created during the First World War, but its heritage precedes the creation of the state of Oregon. A company of this regiment was Polk County’s National Guard unit for 42 years.
This illustrated history presentation will cover the heritage, organization, and actions of the 162nd Infantry and its predecessor units from the 1840s through the Indian Wars, the Civil War era, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, Mexican border duty, World War 1, World War 2, the Cold War era, and recent actions in the Middle East.
Mr. Aney enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard in 1953 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1958. He served in the Guard until 1996, with assignments as platoon leader, company commander, battalion intelligence officer, operations sergeant, and intelligence sergeant. His last assignment was six years as Oregon Army National Guard staff historian. Aney’s professional civilian career is in wildlife ecology with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and as a private consultant. He holds a BS in fish and game management from Oregon State College and an MA in ecological studies from Oregon State University.