Apr 06,2007 00:00
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are seeking the public's help in identifying whoever is responsible for the theft of a valuable bronze plaque that was in tribute to Rex T. Barber at the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint. The plaque was placed at the viewpoint after the Oregon legislature renamed the new bridge over the Crooked River on U.S. Highway 97 the "Rex T. Barber Veteran's Memorial Bridge".
Rex T. Barber was born in Culver, Oregon and was a World War II fighter pilot. During a distinguished military career, Barber was credited with shooting down the bomber carrying Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander in Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy and leader of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Barber died at his central Oregon home in 2001 at the age of 84.
On April 18, 2003, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski proclaimed that day "Rex T. Barber Day." The new bridge, plaque, and information displays honoring Rex T. Barber and veterans were dedicated on August 9, 2003.