Friday, December 28, 2012
Recently, in San Marcos, Texas, a group of photos were found by Linda Thompson, a Seguin, Texas, resident, at an estate auction stored in an old tool box. Curiosity and a love of old photography saved the images and a young man’s artistry was rediscovered.
The photographs were taken by Sgt. Baynes Ballew McSwain Jr., a Hood River native who, along with seven other members of A 2/12, 25th Infantry Division, were killed in action in the Republic of Vietnam on Oct. 10, 1968. Killed while trying to retrieve a wounded comrade, McSwain was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor.
He graduated from Hood River High School in 1968. His parents were Baynes and Elizabeth McSwain of Hood River, who owned and operated local movie theaters from 1949 to 1983.
The photographs were on exhibit in December at the Walker’s Gallery located in the San Marcos Activity Center.
Thompson said, “These photographs highlight McSwain’s creative talent and a unique perspective. Many of the photos are of the men in his unit, local villages and pictures of children from a nearby orphanage.
“Bayne’s legacy is carried in the hearts of his comrades, and now through his images,” said Thompson.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge