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Fredric W. Podhora Jr.

May 5, 1950 - December 8, 2012
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Fredric Podhora 62 of Canby, Oregon passed away December 8th at his home. He had retired 31 May 2006 after over 38 years of Military Service. He served over 30 years with the Oregon National Guard and his last duty assignment was as Maintenance Management Officer with the Oregon National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters in Salem. Fred was born May 5th 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri to Fredric and Frances Podhora. The family moved to Portland, Oregon where he graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1968. He then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to complete a Tool and Die Maker Apprentiship. After returning to Oregon he...
Fredric Podhora 62 of Canby, Oregon passed away December 8th at his home.

He had retired 31 May 2006 after over 38 years of Military Service. He served over 30 years with the Oregon National Guard and his last duty assignment was as Maintenance Management Officer with the Oregon National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters in Salem.

Fred was born May 5th 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri to Fredric and Frances Podhora. The family moved to Portland, Oregon where he graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1968. He then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to complete a Tool and Die Maker Apprentiship. After returning to Oregon he finished his formal civilian education with a Bachelors Degree at Concordia University where he graduated with honors.

He enlisted in Company D 141st Support Battalion of the Oregon National Guard on 3 August 1968. Fred later attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic at Fort Ord, California. In 1970 he attended the Oregon Military Academy Officer Candidate School and in 1971 he graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Engineers. In late 1971 Fred transferred to the Washington Army National Guard where he served for five years before transferring back to the Oregon National Guard's 1249th Engineer Battalion. There he served as Company D Commander in Astoria for over four years. He also served in a variety of other positions with the 1249th until his transfer to the State's Joint Force Headquarters in 1984. There he served as the COMET Team Chief, Procurement Officer and Maintenance Management Officer.

LTC Podhora's military awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Achievement Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters; National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Stars; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Reserve Component Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Service Ribbon; Oregon Meritorious Service Medal; Oregon Commendation Medal; Oregon Exceptional Service Ribbon with five Oak Leaf Clusters; Oregon Emergency Service Ribbon with six Oak Leaf Clusters; Oregon Superior Soldier Ribbon with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Oregon National Guard 30-years Faithful Service Medal; Oregon Faithful Service Ribbon six Oak Leaf Clusters;
Superior Unit Award and the National Guard Bureau Minuteman Award.

After working as a Tool and Die Maker in Canada LTC Podhora worked full time for the Oregon Guard in a variety of assignments including, Training Officer at the 1249th Engineer Battalion, Assistant Shop Chief at the Combined Support Maintenance Shop at Camp Withycombe and as the State Logistics Officer in Salem.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fredric and Francis, who both served on active duty during World War II. Fred's father was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fred's brother Paul also served with the Oregon National Guard and deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm before he passed away in 1998.

Fred is survived by his wife of 40 years, Christine J. Podhora of Canby Oregon, his daughter Julie Podhora Fowler, his son in law Ryan Fowler, his grandsons, Landon and Lucas of Aurora Oregon and his sisters Christine Gass and Rebecca Podhora both of Portland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Fred's name to the Wounded Warrior Project. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

You may also mail your donations to: Wounded Warriors Project,
P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66676.

Services will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on 17 Dec at 1:00 PM

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