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We are looking for new riders! If you are a member of any of the American Legion family of organizations and ride a motorcycle, you are welcome to join us. Please contact President Ron Freborg for meeting information.

Want to ride, but aren't a "joiner"? Be a Friend of Max Yabes Chapter! Just send us your contact info, and we will include you in all of our doings, so you can stay informed. If you are a Vet and want to ride, we'd be honored to have you ride with us. Email us @

American Legion Riders meeting is Every 2nd Wed at 7:00 pm, at the Uptown building, 43510 E 1st St. Please drop by and say hello.

. Contact Director Ron #@ 541 602-0021 if you'd like to visit

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Members List:

Ronald Freborg
Teresa Freborg
Vice Director:
George Custer
Ride Captain:
Frank Doyle
Paul Bjarnson
Sgt @ Arms:
David O'Hara
Sayre Custer

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Max_Yabes.jpgMax Yabes Chapter              Welcome to the American Legion Riders of Oakridge, OR. Our chapter is named after Max Yabes, a Medal of Honor recipient from Oakridge.

Yabes (pronouced Yay bees) was born in Lodi, California, and at a young age moved with his family to Oakridge, Oregon where he received his primary and secondary education. In 1950, he dropped out of Oakridge High School and joined the United States Army.

First Sergeant Maximo Yabes (January 29, 1932–February 26, 1967)was a United States Army soldier who posthumously received the Medal of Honor — the United States' highest military decoration — for his actions near Phu Hoa Dong in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Yabes distinguished himself when he used his body as a shield to protect others in a bunker, moved two wounded men to a safer position where they could be given medical treatment and destroyed an enemy machine gun position before being mortally wounded.

Dozens of individuals, businesses and organizations in Oakridge, Oregon, donated time, money, labor and supplies to build a memorial to honor Yabes. They hired sculptor Tim Outman to create the memorial which features a fountain, a flag pole and a bronze bust with the likeness of Yabes set on a granite pedestal. Engraved on the base are the details of Yabes' Medal of Honor exploits. The memorial is located in Oakridge in the Greenwaters Park Rest Stop. Greenwaters Park is located on the east side of Oakridge, south of highway 58.

Oakridge, OR, is located in the heart of the beautiful Willamette National Forest, approximately 35 miles SE of Eugene, OR on Hwy 58. It is a beautiful place to ride, fish, hike, or mountain bike. We are also only a few minutes from Willamette Pass ski resort. Join us for a ride.

Oakridge Tree Planting Parade 2015 
The 2015 Tree Planting Parade was held May 2nd in Oakridge--This year, we did a Veterans reception in honor of WW2 Vet and German POW survivor Lloyd Henson. We had over 50 riders enjoy the potluck provided by the Auxillary and thanked Lloyd for his service. Below are (L-R) Gale Sears, incoming State ALR Director, Ron Freborg, Director Max Yabes Chapter, Tom Harris, outgoing State ALR Director.

Some of the Bikes

Grand Marshall, Lloyd Henson, arrives at the reception.

Grand Marshall arrives

Thank you to Cottage Grove ALR, OVMA, Combat Vets, and Star Riders and everyone else! The Crowd loved you!

Calling all Veterans!
We are interested in participating in Parades, PGR missions, Funeral processions for Veterans, or poker runs or other fund raisers.

Please e-mail the president who will forward your suggestion to the Ride Captain.

If you know of a Veteran in need of assistance in the Oakridge/Westfir area, please contact any of us and we will make the appropriate contacts. Our local Legion Chapter wants to be very active assisting those Vets in need.

The Legion Auxillary is particularly interested in helping lady Vets in the Roseburg VA Hospital. If you know a lady Vet in the VA hospital, please contact our president who will pass it on to the Auxillary.

 Nice Ride
A Lovely day ride from Spring through Fall. The road is closed in the winter.
Hwy 126 East from Springfield. Just about Rainbow, turn right onto Forest Rd 19. This is called the Aufderheide.
Follow the Aufderheide along the south fork of the McKenzie, and over the hill to the North fork of the Willamette River. Their are various camp grounds and places to stop and take photos.
You will come out at the covered bridge in Westfir. Turn right over the bridge for a nice rest stop.
Or, turn left and follow West Oak Rd around to Uptown Oakridge. There is a Corner Bar and Grill, and also the Pub. Go down 2nd Street, cross over the bridge, and come out on Hwy 58.
Turn right on Hwy 58 to return to Eugene.
Or, Turn on Jasper Lowell Rd off of 58, to get to the back way to Springfield. A very pretty days ride.
Upcoming Events
Sept 12 is the Day of Caring. The ALR Post 64 will assist St Vincent de Paul with repairs to a Vets mobile home.

On Sept 24th and 25th, we will be at the Memorial at the Greenwater Rest stop to provide water and coffee to bikers riding to Reno for Street Vibrations. The Auxillary will assist, and I hear they will have cookies!

The ALR Post 64 will have Several rides this coming summer. If you would like to join us, please contact Ride Captain Frank Doyle at 514-743-6130 or Pres Ron Freborg @ 541 602-0021

These rides are coming up, and we welcome those put on by other organizations. If you wish to have your ride shown here, please contact the president of the chapter.

 Legion Riders
The American Legion Riders are members of the American Legion who are also motorcycle enthusiasts. They can be found participating in parades, partaking in motorcycling events, and supporting the communities in which they live, work, and play.

Members of the ALR come from the Legion, the Legion Auxilliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. At Large members are welcomed. The American Legion Riders were formed to

  • participate in parades and other ceremonies that are in keeping with the Aims and Purposes of the American Legion.
  • to promote motorcycle safety programs and to provide a social atmosphere for American Legion members who share the same interest.
  • to use our Association to promote and support programs of the American Legion and its mission to strongly support Veterans and their families.

The American Legion Riders is not a M/C, and does not practice M/C rules or regulations. The American Legion Riders is family-oriented, just as is its parent organization: the American Legion.


Our Mission-Rider Safety for Veterans
Our purpose is to promote safe riding to all Veterans, and to courage family friendly riding events in the Oakridge/Westfir area.

If you are a Veteran and have taken a Team Oregon safety class, you may be eligible for $100 from the Legion Riders.

Requirements are:

  1. DD214 reflecting a discharge that was not dishonorable, or membership card in any Veterans organization
  2. Resident of Oakridge, Westfir, Dexter, Lowell, or other East Lane Co. community.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a Team Oregon Motorcycle Safety class within the past 12 months. A copy of your certificate is all we need.
  4. Limited availability- please contact President or Secretary for additional information. For 2015, there are 3 reimbursements available.
  5. This is NOT a refund from Team Oregon!

    Contact the President or Secretary for additional information, and to apply for your reimbursement. See our links section for Team Oregon link.

48310 East First St.  •  Oakridge, OR 97463
phone: 541-782-2028

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