World War II, the most destructive war in human history, caused more than 60 million military and civilian deaths, and ended 69 years ago with Japan’s surrender on Aug 14, 1945.

The Museum of the Oregon Territory (MOOT) in Oregon City commemorates armistice with “The End of WWII: Victory in the Pacific Remembered,” from 4 to 8:30 p.m. August 14.

This free event begins at 4 p.m., and includes screenings of the documentary film “Jungleers in Battle” directed by Oregon National Guard Lt. Col. Alisha Hamel; a rare 1942 Plymouth Marine Corps staff car; representatives of the B17 Alliance Group (Bomber Restaurant Museum of Milwaukie); Historical Outreach Foundation and the Military Vehicles Collectors Club of Oregon.

Sig Unander, a journalist and filmmaker with experience in aeronautics, veterans history and multicultural political relations, will speak at 7 p.m. He will present his research on Claire Phillips (1907-1960), the only Oregonian woman to receive the United States’ highest civilian decoration — the Medal of Freedom — for her espionage, imprisonment, and humanitarian activities in the Philippines during WWII. Unander is currently working on a documentary film and a biography on Phillips, and leading a committee to develop a public memorial to honor her legacy.

The MOOT is operated by the Clackamas County Historical Society, and it’s located at 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City, 97045.

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