Fort Clatsop Green Beret

The Green Berets ceremony at Fort Clatsop.

ASTORIA — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will debut a new temporary exhibit honoring Veterans Day in the Visitor Center exhibit hall.

“Men of Many Capabilities” commemorates the 50th anniversary of when the U.S. Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, retraced the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Twenty-two men of the Special Forces’ 5th and 7th groups from Fort Bragg took part in the 1971 expedition. The exhibit is open now through Dec. 11 during regular hours at Fort Clatsop.

The 1971 expedition represented only the second U.S. military expedition across North America — the first since Lewis and Clark’s journey.

All the men had recently returned from service in Vietnam, where the U.S. was still actively engaged in combat. While officially a training exercise, the Green Berets’ retracing of the Lewis and Clark Expedition also served as an important source of goodwill ambassadorship at a time of growing dissolution over U.S. military intervention in Vietnam.

The exhibit features details and original objects from the expedition. A matching game for children is also available. Military veterans are encouraged to share their reflections on teamwork and leadership from their service years on comment cards at the exhibit.

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