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Kiosk to honor flying ace

by: Contributed - The sign noting the new name of the bridge was put up last Wednesday.

   May 7, 2003 — The newly named Rex T. Barber Veterans Memorial Bridge on Highway 97 over the Crooked River will be marked by a kiosk honoring the storied flying ace.
   An account has been set up at Bank of the Cascades for donations toward the costs of constructing the future memorial. They can be made at any branch using account No. 10014819.
   Or, checks can be sent to the Rex T. Barber Veterans Memorial, Account 10014819, Bank of the Cascades, 154 S.W. 6th St., Redmond, OR 97756-2105, Attn: Ms. Dee Ferguson.
   Barber, a native of Culver, passed away in July 2001. During World War II, he shot down Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto — the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack — during a secret mission in 1943 that was not made public until well afterward.
   Recently, the state Legislature directed the Oregon Transportation Commission to name the bridge in his honor.
   A ceremony to dedicate the Rex T. Barber Veterans Memorial Bridge has been pushed back two weeks to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.