Memorial Day

Never forgotten

Bob Beck

Even at age 10, Bob Beck knew he wanted to become an Army officer. His dream was West Point, but the physical requirements – namely, his height – granted only “provisional” acceptance.

Typically, he didn’t take “no” for an answer, so Beck entered the University of Oregon’s ROTC program, which became his gateway to a 26-year military career.

Serving his country was a family tradition for Beck. Relatives had served in the American Revolution, Civil War and World War II. His father belonged to the VFW . . .