Vancouver veteran still on the move at 100

first_img• Harris Dusenbery was a co-winner in 2012 of the Community Foundation’s first-ever Lifetime of Giving Award, honoring years of philanthropic generosity by Dusenbery and his wife, Evelyn, who died in 2008. Another award went to Margaret Colf Hepola, who died in December.• Charles Minot Dole, president of the National Ski Patrol, lobbied Army officials in 1940 to train troops in mountain and winter warfare. His effort led to the creation of what became the 10th Mountain Division.For MoreRead about Dusenbery’s memories of Armistice DayWhen Harris Dusenbery fought for the cause of freedom during World War II, he wanted to remain as free as possible. So he volunteered for the ski troops.“The lowest-ranking person in the 10th Mountain Division had more freedom and less regimentation” than any other soldier, the 100-year-old Vancouver veteran said. “I figured I was going to be drafted within a year, and I heard (the 10th Mountain Division) was going to stop taking volunteers.”To ensure he got his preferred slot, Dusenbery enlisted.He certainly had other options. Born in 1914, Dusenbery graduated from Reed College in 1936 with a degree in political science. He went to work as a Social Security official in 1940 in Portland, where Harris and wife Evelyn started their family. Their son David was already on the way when the U.S. entered the war.last_img read more