Neighbors pitch in to give WWII vet special 93rd

Ray Wood, (with dog) had friends and neighbors arranged for a health-safe 93rd birthday Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Ray Wood’s neighbors posted greetings and hosted him at a celebration to mark his 93rd birthday in Keizer on Wednesday, Jan.20. 

Born in the little town of West Portland (since annexed into greater Portland), Wood joined the Merchant Marines when he was 14 years old, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 

After his service on ships he joined the Air Force, stationed in Japan shortly after the atom bomb blasts. He ended his military career in the Air National Guard.

Wood has traveled around the world but calls Oregon home. He has lived in his current Keizer home for six years.