Cannon Beach Post 168
Here We Honor our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
They will always be in our Thoughts & Prayers
Thank You for You Service, We Have The Watch.
CHARLES L. MEADOWS
Colonel, United States Marine Corps, Retired
March 26, 1939 – March 1, 2018
Colonel Charles (Chuck) Lester Meadows was born in Portland, Oregon. He and his twin brother, James Wade Meadows, were born to Colonel James Lester Meadows and his wife Sigrid Wilhelmina Sandine on March 26, 1939. He was raised in Oregon and attended grade school in Sylvan, Oregon before attending and graduating from Beaverton Union High School in Beaverton, Oregon in 1957, where he was student body president his senior year. He attended Oregon State University, where he met his wife, Melissa Anne Roberts. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He graduated in December 1961 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. Chuck and Missy were married that same December.
Upon completion of The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, he served in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and Okinawa. As the Commanding Officer of Company “E”, 2/4, he made an amphibious landing in his first combat tour at Chu Lai in the Republic of Vietnam. From April 1967 – November 1967, he returned to Okinawa where he was the Commanding Officer Headquarters Company, 26th Marine Regiment, at Camp Schwab, and then returned to the Republic of Vietnam where he served as the Commanding Officer, Company “G”, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines from November 1967 – April 1968, participating in combat operations in the An Hoa and Phu Bai areas and then Hue City during the Tet Offensive in January-March 1968. He departed Vietnam in April 1968.
He attended the Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico. After school, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer, Company “B”, Marine Security Guard Battalion, Beirut, Lebanon from February 1969 - July 1971; a command of Marines assigned to the Embassies and Consulates in 35 countries throughout the continent of Africa, the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, South West Asia, and India.
Colonel Meadows retired September 30, 1987 having served 26 years on active duty.
Colonel Meadows’ personal decorations include the Silver Star medal, Legion of Merit medal, Bronze Star medal w/‘V’ for valor, Purple Heart medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement ribbon w/bronze star & ‘V’, Combat Action ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation ribbon w/4 bronze stars, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon, National Defense medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Vietnam Service medal w/3 bronze stars, Korean Defense Service medal, Humanitarian Service medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment ribbon, Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service ribbon, Marine Corps Security Guard ribbon, Vietnam Gallantry Cross ribbon w/bronze Star, Vietnam Gallantry Cross medal w/palm, RVN Civic Action 1st Class Ribbon Officer RVN Gallantry Cross, Unit Citation w/palm, RVN Civic Action Honor Unit Citation w/palm, and Vietnam Campaign medal.
His civilian education included: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Oregon State University, Master of Science in Administration, George Washington University; MBA, The College of William and Mary in Virginia.
After leaving the service, Chuck was employed with Computer Sciences Corporation and DPRA, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. He then served as the Executive Director for PeaceTrees Vietnam, a humanitarian non-profit organization until he retired from his civilian work.
He became a host for the Military Historical Tours trips returning to Vietnam, supporting combat veterans who participated in battles including those in Hue City during the Tet Offensive. With over 40 trips to Vietnam, his focus was on building peace and reconciliation while supporting those affected by the war. He was also a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, Oregon/Columbia River Chapter.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Melissa, his daughter, Marianne Meadows, daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Jim Tanner and daughter Molly Meadows Scott. He has three grandsons (Trevor, Justin and Chace) and one granddaughter (Sophia). He is also survived by his twin brother, Jim Meadows and his wife, Barbara.
Military Honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery 19 March at 10:30 AM.
Memorial Gathering to follow at Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square from 1:00-4:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established to honor Chuck’s commitment to correcting the damage caused by the war and building a brighter future for the children and families of Vietnam.
To donate to the Chuck Meadows Memorial Fund, please visit:
Please note: You will find the Chuck Meadows Memorial Fund option in the dropdown menu towards the bottom of the gift form.
Cards and/or notes may be sent to: The Meadows Family, 13050 SW Caspian Court, Beaverton, Oregon 97008
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JOHN HARRINGTON WILL BE HELD SUNDAY FEB 19, 2017. THE POST WILL OPEN AT 2:00PM WITH THE SERVICE STARTING AT 3:00PM. MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME. A SHORT CEREMONY WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM 3:00 TO 3:30PM.
Larry John Harrington
March 30, 1931 to December 24, 2016
Larry John Harrington died December 24, 2016 after a long battle with heart disease. John is survived by family members, nephew Skip Palmer of Overland Park, Kansas, niece Carol Ertwine of Cannon Beach, Oregon, niece Nancy Richmond of Ramona, California, six grand nephews and nieces, ten great nephews and one great niece.
John graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, OR in 1949, and, after service in the Navy, graduated from Oregon State College with an engineering degree. John was president of the family business Larry Harrington Company, representatives and distributors for heating, pumping and cooling equipment until he retired to Cannon Beach in 1996.
In retirement John volunteered as Adjutant and Finance Officer for the American Legion Post #168 in Cannon Beach from 1998 until his death.
He was interred at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland on Friday, December 30, 2016
Remembrances may be made to the Cannon Beach American Legion Post 168, PO Box 593, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, or the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District, PO Box 24, Cannon Beach, OR 97110.