Joseph Berg Memorial

This archway looks simple enough – a bit of art tucked away in a cute little courtyard of sleepy little Mount Vernon, Washington, but when you get closer, you can see the plaques about Joseph Berg. Here are their transcriptions:
Joseph Berg Plaque 1

Joseph Berg
Pvt. Co. F, 161st, Inf.
Sgt. Co. G, 167th, Inf. 2D, Eng. U.S.N.

Enlisted May 9th, 1916.
Honorably discharged Nov. 7th, 1919.
Enlisted in U.S.N. Aug. 12th, 1922.

Killed in service aboard U.S.S. Mississippi
June 12th, 1924.
Cited for extraordinary heroism
in action
and decorated as follows:

U.S. Distinguished Service Cross: Mch. 23, 1919.

French Medaille Millitaire: Apr. 13, 1919

Posted as a lookout, he exposed himself to heavy machine gun and artillery fire and succeeded in killing or disabling crews of three machine guns, thus saving his company from heavy casualties.  From citation

Erected by his shipmates of U.S.S. Mississippi and comrades and friends of Mount Vernon.

Joseph Berg Plaque 2

Moved and Dedicated
October 6, 2005
Generous Support of:
In Memory of Ken and Miriam Harris
City of Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon Arts Commission
Mount Vernon Towing – Doug Faber
Hawthorne Funeral Home – Dick and Kirk Duffy

Wow! Sounds like an amazing man! I found some Navy records that say, “At 11:40am fire in #2 turret occurred, caused by flare back, killing:” and it goes on to list Joseph Berg, along with 47 other names. 48 men killed by accident. That’s pretty sobering.

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Skagit River Brewery – Mount Vernon, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness

Restaurant: Skagit River Brewery
Cuisine: American/Burgers
Visit Date: January 9th, 2016
Location: Mount Vernon, WA
Address: 404 S 3rd Street
Price of Kids Meal: $4-$6
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: Yes. In fact, a woman came up to us while I was getting my diaper changed on the table & said she used to change her kids on that very same table, and they’re 13 & 10 now.
-Child hand washing made convenient: No
-Highchairs available: Yes.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Yes, but lacking on fruits and veggies.
-Welcoming touches for children: Crayons were offered
Additional Comments:
-Impressive tap list, constantly rotating
-Location convenient to downtown area and I-5
-Outdoor seating in nice weather
-Friendly and efficient waitstaff

On a recent road trip, I got hungry. (It happens frequently.) My parents were impressed with the Yelp scores for this place, and it wasn’t too far off of the interstate we were on, so we gave it a whirl. I’m so glad we whirled! The food was yummy, and everyone there was so super nice to me. I felt quite at home here, especially after introducing myself to all of the other children in the restaurant. 😉  Skagit River Brewery Kids MenuThe kids menu wasn’t all that impressive. If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember that my mom is a stickler for fruits or veggies with dinner, and all they had was salsa or pizza sauce…not exactly high quality veggie choices. Luckily for me kids aren’t required to order off of the kids menu, so I got the hummus plate appetizer. Yum! Skagit River Brewery SaladThey make their own hummus & serve it with cucumbers, which happen to be one of my all time favorite foods. There were other veggies too, but I don’t have enough teeth for carrots or celery yet.  My mom ordered some salad with apples (she shared a few slices with me), andSkagit River Brewery BBQ my Papa ordered a BBQ sandwich.  He raved about it! While we were waiting for our food to arrive, I decided to check out the building, which looked to be pretty old. My clue was the worn floors with pretty copper patches here and there. There was an upstairs where people were setting  up for a private party, but they let me come up and check out the view. (My charm can get me in anywhere!) Overall, I would say this was a pretty cool place to eat a yummy meal.

Copper patches in the floor.
Copper patches in the floor.
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