Eldon Bargewell graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1965. He joined 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

The MG Eldon Bargewell Foundation would like your help honoring a true hometown Hoquiam hero.

Major General Eldon Bargewell Memorial

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Delta Park

The goal of the MG Eldon Bargewell Foundation is to raise $300,000 to create a park honoring MG Eldon Bargewell. The park will be located in Hoquiam, Washington, Eldon’s hometown.

The Statue

The park will have a statue of Eldon. The Foundation has agreed to commission Rip Caswell as the sculptor. Rip is a native of Montesano. His studio is in Troutdale, Oregon.


The Plaques

Dave Mitchell, a classmate of Eldon’s, has 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 Committee 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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Delta Park


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