Eldon Bargewell graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1965. He attended Grays Harbor College from 1965-1967 and played on the Choker football team. Eldon left GHC before completing his degree to join the US Army in 1967.

During his service in Vietnam, he earned the nation’s second highest medal for valor, the Army Distinguished Service Cross. When he retired in 2006, he was the most decorated active duty soldier. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Bull Simons Award, given by U.S. Special Operations Command to the person who exemplifies the esprit, values, and skills of the special operations warrior.

General Bargewell credited much of his success to growing up on the Harbor. “Hoquiam and Aberdeen may not be the center of the universe for business and entertainment, but it is a place where you can rise to success if you have the motivation.” — The Daily World, March 13, 2006

MG Bargewell Memorial Delta Park is located a few blocks from Eldon’s boyhood home. The park is a tribute to a true American hero and to all who have served. Please consider donating to help with the upkeep and maintenance of the park.

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The Park

Delta Park is located in Hoquiam, Washington, Eldon’s hometown. The MG Eldon Bargewell Foundation raised over $330,000 to construct the MG Bargewell Memorial Delta Park. The park was dedicated on Armed Forces Day, May 20th 2023.

The Statue

The Foundation commissioned Rip Caswell to create the park statue of Eldon. Rip is a native of Montesano. His studio is located in Troutdale, Oregon.


The Plaques

Dave Mitchell, a classmate of Eldon’s, created three plaques for the park detailing Eldon’s service to our country, his leadership, and the honors he earned.

Please donate by mailing your check to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation
c/o MG Eldon Bargewell Memorial
707 J Street
Hoquiam, WA 98550

Or online at:

Select "Eldon Bargewell Memorial Fund" in the Donations Options box.

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