KISS pitches in for Thayer Oregon Military Museum

Museum named for Brigadier General James B. Thayer, father of KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer

KISS members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. (KOIN 6)
KISS members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. (KOIN 6)

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Legendary rock band KISS was in Rose City Sunday night, to play a private fundraiser for the Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum.

The museum, now under construction at Camp Withycomb, is named after KISS lead guitar player and Beaverton native Tommy Thayer’s father.

James Thayer is celebrated as a World War II hero.

The fundraiser was held at the Lake Oswego home of Rick Miller and Erika Miller.

“I think we owe it to all the veterans to enshrine and commemorate what they do, and that’s what this museum is all about,” said Thayer.

“Millions of people lost their lives so that we can have our freedoms,” said KISS front man Gene Simmons.

“The least we could do is honor those who served, and so the museum is going to be a great monument to extraordinary people.”

The museum is being built by the Historical Outreach Foundation, and the Oregon Military at a cost of $30 million.

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