Members of WWII regiment being honored Saturday in Augusta

Posted June 18, 2011, at 11:35 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Mainers who served in the 103rd Infantry Regiment during World War II are being honored at a ceremony for their service.

Regiment members are being recognized Saturday at the Augusta State Armory in a ceremony put on by Maine Veterans Services and the Maine Military Historical Society.

The ceremony includes a history of the regiment’s battles in the Pacific and medal presentations to those that were wounded in combat. The families of those who died fighting in battle are receiving the State of Maine Gold Star Honorable Service Medal.

The 103rd Infantry Regiment was the largest Maine unit mobilized during World War II, fighting in campaigns that included Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Northern Solomons and Luzon. More than 200 Mainers who served in the regiment were killed in the war.

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