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Honoring the past

Fred Pate spends hours painstakingly building models and dioramas depicting scenes from various wars. The veteran enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps at 18 and fought in the Pacific. He was on Iwo Jima. “We lost 5,800 men in 36 days,” he said.

The day before his 91st birthday, Fred Pate walks into his study ready to talk war.

Sitting down in his chair, Pate is surrounded by military memorabilia as well as projects of his own making. His hobby is creating models and dioramas of scenes from various wars. His desk is lined with rows of tiny jars of paint, and cartons full of paintbrushes and tools for carving out fine details.

Pate, a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946, also creates models of airplanes.

“I started making these when one of my daughters gave me a model set for a gift,” Pate said. “I found it was a great hobby, and then one of my friends gave me a model of a tank. I found it was a nice change of pace, and I’ve been making models ever since.”


State pulls Druzdzel’s medical license

The Oregon Medical Board (OMB) has placed the license of Dr. Janusz Druzdzel, 63, of Gold Beach, on inactive status to give the state agency time to complete an investigation into his ability to “safely and competently” practice medicine.

The investigation is anticipated to be complete before the end of the year and, in the meantime, the general practitioner is not allowed to practice medicine. 

According to documents from the Oregon Medical Board, the state last year initially received “credible information” regarding Druzdzel’s practice and the distribution of prescribed medicine, and issued an interim stipulated order (ISO) on Dec. 22, 2014 that limited some of his work.


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