MAJOR GENERAL ELDON BARGEWELL
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
mg Eldon Bargewell Foundation
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 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.
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.
MG Eldon Bargewell Memorial Donations as of June 22, 2021
|Amount Donated||Number of Donors||Total|
|$0 – $999||144||$24,929|
|$1,000 – $4,999||18||$24,500|
|$5,000 – $9,999||4||$25,000|
|$10,000 – $19,999||4||$40,000|
|$20,000 – $29,999||1||$20,000|
|$30,000 – $39,999||1||$30,078|
The MG Eldon Bargewell Foundation would like to thank all those who have generously donated!
A True American Hero
Major General Eldon A. Bargewell earned many honors during his service to our country, including the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation’s second highest award for valor, 6 bronze stars (3 with V for valor and 3 for his service) and 4 purple hearts. Please help us to honor our hometown hero by donating to the Eldon Bargewell Memorial Fund.
Eldon was my friend, my defender and comrade and peer. We shall forever miss him, he was our Prince and fellow warrior, an example and paragon of what it means to be a leader and warrior. I salute you for your efforts to honor him. I am honored to have been his comrade and friend. His sons have the same spark and light, and have and will be tribute to his memory.
Please let us know if there is anything we can help with.
I attended Ranger School. Eldon received top honors at graduation. Years passed and I served with Eldon at the Unit on Ft. Bragg. We were friends and again worked together in the civilian world. There are a lot of things I could share regarding his heroism however what I appreciated most was his love and pride for his boys. We were all better soldiers because of Eldon’s leadership in tough circumstances.
I served with Eldon numerous times over the years, almost 20 years together. He was always first a friend and second my commander. I probably would not be here if it wasn’t for Eldon Bargewell.
Let me know what you are doing and how my association (Special Operations Association) can help you. He was one of the finest men I ever served with, my entire family admired and respected him.
I knew Eldon since 1979 and worked with him or for him on multiple occasions. I would glad be participate in any project honoring Eldon in his hometown.
This is a most deserving recognition of a great American hero.
Ted Mataxis, Jr.
Daily World Article, June 22, 2021
A local group is collecting donations and working with the city of Hoquiam to establish a park to honor Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell, a 1965 Hoquiam High School graduate whose long Army career earned him many commendations and the respect and admiration of his military peers. [Read More]
Rotary Club Presentation
Hoquiam High School Class of 1966 graduate Jay Fry spoke to the Rotary Club on June 24th about the the proposed Major General Eldon Bargewell Memorial Delta Park project. Over half of the $300,00 buget has been raised.
Upcoming Hoquiam Lions Club Presentation
Jay Fry, MG Eldon Bargewell Foundation board member, will be speaking to the Hoquiam Lions Club on July 6th.
City of Hoquiam Accepting Public Comment
The City of Hoquiam is accepting public comment until 7/30/2021 on the naming of the triangle park located at Emerson and N St. in honor of Major General Eldon A. Bargewell. [Read More]
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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