AUGUSTA, Maine — Command Sgt. Maj. Herman J. Boudreau of Brunswick began his long and distinguished military career during World War II, and has earned quite a few medals for his service over the years.
Maine Veterans’ Services will present the 91-year-old with another medal on Wednesday when he is awarded a State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medal.
“He is a true American hero to the nth degree,” Capt. Shanon Cotta of the Maine National Guard said on Tuesday.
Boudreau will be given the Silver Star at 11 a.m. Wednesday “in recognition for his Purple Heart for wounds received as a member of the 103rd Infantry Regiment, Maine Army National Guard in the Pacific Theater during World War II,” the captain said.
Boudreau joined and later retired from Maine State Police, and in 1960 he was named the first ever Trooper of the Year, Cotta said.
The Wednesday ceremony will take place at the Augusta Armory, and will include a brief history of the regiment’s battles in the Pacific Theatre.
Boudreau joined the 103rd’s Company G on Christmas Day 1940 and remained an active-duty service member until Aug. 2, 1945, just 13 days before the official end of the war.
During that time, “He was awarded the Silver Star medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal with three Bronze Stars medals for Guadalcanal, Northern Solomons and New Guinea campaigns in World War II,” Cotta said.
Boudreau continued to serve his country in the Maine Army National Guard until he retired in 1968, ending a 28-year career that included earning the title as the first State Command Sergeant Major of the Maine National Guard.
“He’s a role model to us all,” Cotta said.