To place the USS Oregon into active service, many entities rallied together to support its commissioning. The City of Happy Valley was one of several entities in the State to help make the commissioning possible and today, Mayor Tom Ellis accepted a special plaque on behalf of our community to commemorate the event’s significance. USS Oregon Commissioning Committee members, Scott Guptill and Steven Daniels spoke with Mayor Ellis in the Veterans Memorial Park about the historic occasion.
“Thank you very much,” began Mayor Ellis. “This is quite an honor for the City of Happy Valley and as a veteran, I know just how important this moment is.”
The plaque names Happy Valley as an Honorary Plank Owner of the new vessel. This recognition is typically reserved for members of a vessel’s inaugural crew but has been extended to the City as a token of the Commission’s appreciation of the City’s support in ensuring naval traditions endure. Support from the City of Happy Valley not only helped bring the formal commissioning of the vessel to fruition, but additional funds raised will be able to benefit the crew throughout the ship’s lifespan.