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Monument 326   Site  No.  23 and 1/2   -  Sand Point Naval Air Station
Address: NE 74th St & 62nd Ave. NE  - Built 1972
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Vietnam
Memorial/Freedom Tree
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HISTORY OF AIR STATION BOOK


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Elevation of OBELISK from West (after re-work)

The photo above is by Capt. RON MILLER, Base commander 78-80

Captain Miller has been instrumental in aiding this historic group to gain
 a fabulous amount of Sand Point History. The Captain personally
cleaned  the "FREEDOM TREE" plaque as you see it below.

 


Memorial LOCATION

2010 google earth image
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REMEMBRANCE DAY 2010
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Capt. Ron Miller was a F4 Phantom pilot over Vietnam. He wore a bracelet like that above for a fellow pilot. On a mission with two planes, Ron was the only witness to seeing his fellow pilot being shot down, captured and imprisoned. Ron wore this bracelet for many years until the fellow actually came home. Ron then gave his bracelet to the MIA.





Polishing By Ron Miller   -  May 11, 2010

In 1972, near the end of the Vietnam War, a bronze plaque was placed under a 40 foot Deodar Cedar (Cedrus Deodarus) at a prominent point on the Sand Point Navy Base in Seattle, now know as "Magnuson Park." At an unknown time later, the plaque was moved to a three and a half foot tall white concrete obelisk at the same place. Now, 38 years later, the tree has grown to some 80 feet. The purpose of the monument was to honor those who had served but did not come home.  As of February, 2010, 1,720 Americans are still listed by DOD as missing and unaccounted for in that war.  Search and recovery operations are ongoing. 

The monument and the "Freedom Tree," are located at the northwest corner of NE 74th Street and 62nd Avenue NE: one block inside the main entrance to Magnuson Park: just steps from Building 25. An article published in the Seattle Times on Saturday, February 3, 1973, P.A. was captioned "A wreath for Freedom Tree." The article states that, on the previous day, Mrs. Mary Jane Jensen placed a wreath near a plaque and under an Alaskan fir during ceremonies in front of the 13th Naval District Headquarters building at the Sand Point Naval Support Activity. Seabees from Sand Point's public-works department cemented four fir logs together under the tree and attached the plaque to the logs.

 The 40 year old fir was dedicated as a special tribute to the "Sons of Washington and all Prisoners of War and Missing in Action." Mrs. Jensen of Tacoma. Mrs. Jensen, whose husband George is missing in Indochina, was assistant state coordinator for Washington Families of POW/MIA. Nearly twenty years later, on September 21, 1991, POW/MIA
Recognition Day, the Freedom Tree Memorial was re-dedicated.
Image before

By Vern Bouwman - before polish


Many questions remain about history of the monument. For example: when was the plaque moved to the obelisk, where is the family of Mrs. Jensen now, and where are there additional pictures or articles about the monument?


A group that is seeking answers is named "Friends of Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District". The group is headed by
Mrs. Lynn Ferguson, who is also President of the Windermere North Community Association.

If you have any information that could help in this historic endeavor, please contact Mrs. Ferguson at 206-523-0391, or former Commanding Officer of the base, Captain. Ronald C. Miller at 425-823-0753.

Elevation from West - One Year After polish - 2011

By Lynn Fergunson

Elevation from East - 2010




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