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Claire Phillips, WWII Spy

Claire Phillips Memorial Dedication

Sept. 19, 11 a.m., northwest corner of Capitol grounds near the World War II Memorial

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation will proudly honor Claire Phillips on Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. on the northwest corner of the Oregon State Capitol grounds near the World War II memorial. Gov. Kate Brown will cut the ribbon to unveil the newly installed Claire Phillips Memorial.

Claire Phillips, a stage actress and singer who grew up in Portland, is noted for heroism as a spy and humanitarian during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. She ran a nightclub for enemy personnel in occupied Manila, secretly using the profits to buy and smuggle food and medicine to starving American soldiers in Japanese prisons. Convicted of espionage and sentenced to die, she was rescued by Army Rangers when Manila was liberated in 1945.

Phillips was decorated with the Medal of Freedom in 1948 by General Mark Clark and later honored by Oregon Gov. Douglas McKay and Portland Mayor Dorothy McCullough Lee. Her wartime memoir, Manila Espionage, became the basis for the Hollywood feature film, I Was An American Spy.

Click here to download a printable Claire Phillips Memorial Dedication program. For best results use two-sided printing set to flip on short edge.


Celebrating the Gift of Music

An evening concert by pianist Michael Allen Harrison performed in the Oregon House Chamber on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

More details coming soon!