Chief Warrant Officer 2, Douglas Vose III Statue Dedication

Sometimes the circumstances which connect us to wonderful people are less than desirable; this happens to be the situation with the lovely Nicole Vose, whom we photographed in CA when we lived there. Nicole’s husband, a U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009. Last year, when we were photographing a group of women from SSSG (Surviving Spouses Support Group) we met Nicole. Just hearing a little about her husband during our time together made us wish we could have met him.

Douglas Vose III Statue Concrete, WA

Earlier this year Nicole emailed to let us know she would be in our new state, WA! We were excited to see her again and honored to be invited to her husband’s statue dedication ceremony at his high school in Concrete, WA. He was clearly a person who is loved, missed, respected and cherished by many.

Please enjoy this video we created from the statue dedication ceremony:


From the Statue Dedication program:

Chief Warrant Officer 2, Douglas Melville Vose III

  • Born, September 30th 1970
  • Graduated from Concrete High School June 1988
  • Joined the United States Army August 1988
  • Killed in Action, Afghanistan July 29, 2009

Unclassified, recorded combat and hazardous duty deployments in service to country:

  • 1990-1991 The Gulf War, Operation desert Shield/Desert Storm
  • 1995-1996 War in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1999-2001 The Balkans; Albania, Kosovo – 4 tours
  • 2004 Operation Enduring Freedom, Mali Africa, Pan-Sahel Initiative
  • 2004-2005 Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq
  • 2007 Operation Enduring Freedom, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 2008-2009 Operation enduring Freedom, Afghanistan – 2 tours

Dedication Ceremony Participants:

  • Invocation: Pastor Rov Thomas
  • March On The Colors: Composite Color Guard
  • National Anthem: Mary Jo Janda
  • Welcome: CSD Superintendant Barbara Hawkings
    • “Recognizing True Heroes; Establishing Values In Our Students”
  • Welcome: Concrete Mayor Judd Wilson
    • “A Community That Understands The Price Of Freedom”
  • Speech: Kirk Pearson, Washington State Senator
    • “Making A Difference; Be Remembered”
  • Speech: Dr. Shahla Rashid
    • “Afghanistan, A Better Nation”
  • Musical Performance: Margi Scherer
    • “Proud To Be An American”
  • Speech: Dan Kristiansen, Washington State Representative
    • “Service To A Nation; Self Sacrifice”
  • Speech: Sally Hintz, Representative for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell
    • “Protecting Today To Secure Our Children’s Tomorrow”
  • Speech: Col. George Thiebes, Cmdr 10th SFG
    • “The Making Of A Green Beret/Battle Leadership”
  • Speech: Susan DelBene, U.S. Representative
    • “The Importance of Memorializing Our Fallen”
  • Speech: Captain John Lewis
    • “The Impact Of War To Our Nations Finest; Taking Care Of Our Wounded Warriors”
  • Speech: Dr. Robert M. Gates, Former Secretary of Defense
    • “Reflections On Sacrifice”
  • Musical Performance: Knut Bell
    • “Ballad Of The Green Beret”
  • Jump Performance: Kapowsin Jump Team
  • Closing Appreciation: The Vose Family
  • Benediction: Pastor Duane Stixrud

In continuous service to those unable to protect themselves, Douglas M. Vose III spent a life sacrificing his own freedom in an effort to liberate the oppressed the world over. His life of selfless dedication, love, and commitment to fellow man shall always stand as an example to all of us.

Douglas Vose III Statue Concrete, WA

Thank you for your sacrifice. Love, Alisha & Holland McGraw, Some Like It Shot

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