ASHLAND, Maine — For some, their service to their country was years ago, but they have not been forgotten.
Peter W. Ogden, director of Maine Veterans’ Services, makes sure of that. Ogden travels throughout the state to recognize the service of Maine’s veterans and the families of those who died in combat.
On Saturday, Ogden was in Madawaska and on Sunday he was in Ashland to present State of Maine Gold and Silver Star Honorable Service Medals to families of servicemen and women who died in support of combat from WWII to present and to those servicemen and women who received Purple Hearts or were prisoners of war.
“This is just done in the state of Maine,” Ogden said this week of the recognition. The idea was his and it received the support of the Legislature a few years ago and the funding from the governor, he said.
“What it really does for the state from my perspective is, it let’s the family know that we have not forgotten their loss and their loved one,” Ogden said.
Some 30 individuals were recognized in Madawaska:
State of Maine Gold Star Honorable Service Medal for those who died in support of combat operations: Tech. Sgt. Kenneth J. Bossie; Cpl. Richard T. Corriveau; Cpl. Joseph D. Gagnon; Sgt. Benton Michaud, all of Fort Kent.
The State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medal for prisoners of war: Pfc. Conrad Gagnon; Pvt. Louis J. Plourde; Pfc. Randolph Thibodeau, all of Fort Kent.
State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medal for the Purple Heart was given to Staff Sgt. Robert Bilodeau of Madawaska, Spc. James E. Dechaine of Madawaska; Staff Sgt. Valier R. Jandreau of St. Francis; Spc. Oscar A. Ouellette of St. Francis; Pfc. Rodolph P. Pelletier of St. Francis; Cpl. Patrick Franck of Madawaska; Cpl. Leo J. Martin of Frenchville; Cpl. Louis G. Roy of Frenchville; Pfc. Morris D. Walker of St. Francis; Sgt. Larry P. Cormier of Grand Isle; Staff Sgt. James C. Foreman of Fort Kent; Spc. Philip Martin of Madawaska; Spc. Joseph E.G. Michaud of St. Francis; and Col. Philip L. Michaud of St. Agatha.
Those recognized in Ashland with the gold star were: Spc. Richard Berube of Presque Isle; Pfc. Robert E. Goding of Ashland; Staff Sgt. Emery N. Poitrow of Ashland; 1st Sgt. James C. Skinner of Ashland; and Staff Sgt. Raymond Grass of Oxbow.
The silver star for the Purple Heart was for Cpl. Preston D. Holmes of Portage; Cpl. Daryl R. Gordon of Eagle Lake; and Spc. Dana E. Lyons and Staff Sgt. Donald E. Flewelling, both of Masardis.