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A hiker photographs the New Year’s Day from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

Boy Scouts to greet New Year atop Cadillac Mountain

By Greg Westrich on Dec. 26, 2012, at 9:37 a.m.
While most of us lie asleep in the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 1, 2013, David Burgess will lead Boy Scouts from Troop 102 in Orland up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. They will be among the first people to see the New Year dawn over the United States; on …
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Jane Thibodeau, owner of Jane’s Catering in Old Town, has been in business for over 17 years. Thibodeau specializes in weddings and special events. The butter cookies with almond that she is pictured with are decorated with white chocolate and a glaze.

Food is love for this Old Town caterer

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Dec. 26, 2012, at 9:34 a.m.
Jane Thibodeau’s talent lies in cooking. Professionally the Old Town woman has shared her love of cooking with clients since 1995 through her business, Jane’s Catering. “I love to feed people,” she said. “Food is love.” Thibodeau knows what it takes to feed large groups. Her own household started with …
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Soon after Army Maj. Stephen Decatur Carpenter was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor residents started a fundraising campaign to build a Soldiers’ Monument honoring all Bangor men lost during the Civil War. The monument was dedicated at Carpenter’s burial site on June 17, 1864. Seventeen years later, his relatives had him relocated to a grave beside his young son’s.

‘Major’ disasters bring the war ‘home’ to Bangor during the 1862 holiday season

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Dec. 26, 2012, at 9:31 a.m.
The 1862  holiday season brings disaster to two Army majors — William L. Pitcher and Stephen Decatur Carpenter — heroically representing Bangor on far-flung battlefields. Likely known as “Bill” or “Billy” in his childhood, Pitcher hails from Knox, where he was born to Horatio and Anna Pitcher on May 11, …
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Famous for the sculptures that he later commissioned, Luther Peirce of Bangor served in a Maine infantry regiment during the Civil War. His sword and other local war-related memorabilia will be displayed at the Bangor Public Library upon the opening of the Civil War 150 traveling exhibition in summer 2014. The library was recently awarded a $1,000 grant to help bring the national exhibition to Bangor.

Bangor library receives grant for national exhibit

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Dec. 26, 2012, at 9:23 a.m.
The Bangor Public Library will receive a $1,000 grant to bring the Civil War 150 traveling exhibition to Bangor in summer 2014. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibition incorporates traveling panels featuring art, photographs, and texts from 1861-1865. The exhibition encompasses many aspects of the Civil …
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$37 took young sailor west

By Stan Maiden on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:57 p.m.
It was not so much that I began with the $137 in my wallet that caused the trouble; it was the leftward march of the decimal point. The Navy provided me with $137 to fund a trip from Chicago to San Francisco to meet my first ship after boot camp …
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Skype helped Islesboro veteran “attend” his battalion’s reunion

By Philo Hutcheson on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:51 p.m.
These days, we read much about veterans who need our help. They certainly deserve it, and we should give it. But most veterans deserve our admiration. I commanded the 7/13th Artillery Battalion in Vietnam in 1967-68. The 7/13th pioneered the artillery raid, moving guns by helicopter onto a hilltop in …
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Paul Lucey of Orono is a retired Marine aviator.

Little Boy and Fat Man

By Paul Lucey on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:49 p.m.
It was the summer of 1945 and I was a Marine aviator on the island of Okinawa. The island was “secure” after the savage Battle of Okinawa. Our next mission was to “soften up” Japan for the attack on the home islands. Japan was being strangled by a ring of …
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When Kevin Perry was stationed with a Marine contingent in Beirut, Lebanon in autumn 1983, the Marines lived in this headquarters near the international airport. An assignment to guard the American embassy in Beirut took Perry away from the Marine headquarters on the fateful morning of Oct. 23, 1983.

Marine heard the big explosion

By Kevin Perry on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:45 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 23, 1983, I was a member of a small contingent of Marines supplying external security at the new American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The previous embassy had been destroyed by a car bomb in April 1983. At 0622 hours on Oct. 23, as we were preparing for …
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Maine Marine loved his country

By Zimmerman Family on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:41 p.m.
Marine 1st Lt. James Zimmerman loved life. He loved the Marines. He told his cousin Sam, when he was 9 years old, that he would grow up to be a Marine. He spent more of his life dressed up as a Marine than not. He also told Sam that Jesus …
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Harlan Gardner of Marshfield flew in a Grumman TBF Avenger similar to this restored model.

Aviator flew in the Pacific

By Harlan Gardner on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.
Harlan Gardner of Marshfield enlisted in the U .S. Marine Corps on August 28, 1942. He went to boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. and to Aerial Ordnance and Gunnery schools in Jacksonville, FL. He was attached to Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 131 and trained as rear gunner and radioman …
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Retired Winter Harbor lobsterman Douglas Torrey holds the "Ike" jacket that he was issued in 1946 as a member of the 1st Infantry Division.

Post-war soldier spent almost a year in Allied-occupied Germany

By Mary Lou Weaver on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:33 p.m.
Douglas Torrey, 85, of Winter Harbor was drafted into the Army in November 1945. “I trained in a radio outfit in Ft. McClellan, Ala. I got pneumonia after 14 weeks of training in February 1946,and ended up in the hospital for 90 days. Torrey finished training in heavy equipment and …
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All smiles after completing his 35th and final bombing mission against Nazi Germany, Wayne Dennison poses beside his ball turret in mid-June 1944.

B-17 ball-turret gunner had a bird’s-eye view of World War II aerial warefare

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:29 p.m.
Wayne Dennison enjoyed “the best seat in the house” as he flew high above Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. A 1942 Washington Academy graduate, Dennison was drafted into the Army on Feb. 18, 1943. He wanted to fly; “I tried to enlist in the [aviation] cadet program, but they …
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Out of fuel, out of time, pilot hits the silk somewhere over China

By Alfred Cormier on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:26 p.m.
Jumping out of airplanes was not one of the things we did while attending flight school during WWII. We did, however, always wear a chute. When I finally got my wings, along with 200 other second lieutenants in March of 1944, I also got a 10-day leave to visit home. …
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In autumn 1964 Jim Mabry was flying on a KC-97 Stratotanker similar to this aircraft on a mission from Bangor to Puerto Rico. The Bermuda Triangle almost claimed the plane during its return flight.

Bermuda Triangle almost claimed Bangor-based tanker and crew

By Jim Mabry on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:20 p.m.
In the fall of 1964, our crew was assigned a mission to Puerto Rico. We were to deliver supplies and troops to the island and take five days of R&R. After landing our KC-97 Stratotanker on the air strip on the western end of the island, we dropped off our …
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Brooks sailor bumped into his brother on a Honolulu street|

By Frank L. Reynolds on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:11 p.m.
After graduating from Morse Memorial High School [in Brooks] in 1942, I worked for the next two years. On April 8, 1944, I married my classmate, Helen Smith. Men were being drafted into the military. I received a deferment in 1944 until the winter, when I received the notice, “Congratulations, …
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Pilot trainee Richard Gay boards a T-6 Texan at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. in 1954.

Air Force pilot from Maine served with the NSA and the CIA

By Richard Gay on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:08 p.m.
I believe I was in the last Air Force class (55-L) to train in the T6. It had been known by the Navy as the SNJ during World War II. It was also known in the United States as the Texan and in the United Kingdom as the Harvard. Sometimes …
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Walter Cummings remembers a B-25 Mitchell nicknamed the "Outhouse Mouse/" The bomber was similar to this one flying over California.

T.J. Baker safely brought home the “Outhouse Mouse”

By Walter Cummings on Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.
On September, 1944, the British 8th Army was scheduled to attack Rimini, Italy, after first crossing the river that flows into the Adriatic Sea just south of the city. Just north of the river and west of the city was a small, tree-covered mountain where British intelligence had determined German …
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PAO told soldiers’ stories from 1991 Iraq|

By Doug Curtis Jr. on Nov. 08, 2012, at 2:58 p.m.
In November 1990 I was transferred to Bad Kreuznach, Germany, as public affairs officer for the 8th Infantry Division. When I arrived, the division had been drawing down its forces after German reunification in 1989. With the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein, the draw down was put on hold, …
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Insurgent attacks were the norm for soldiers patrolling in Iraq

By Darren Ripley on Nov. 08, 2012, at 2:56 p.m.
I was stationed at Ft. Stewart, Ga. from January 2004 to February 2006. I was assigned to the 293rd Military Police Co., 3rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. In March 2004, we deployed to Iraq for a year. Once there, my platoon was attached to 1st Battalion, 6th Field …
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Robert M. Files was a naval gunfire liaison officer who "spotted" artillery fire for Army troops in southern France.

Sailor fumbles with pistol as German soldiers tries to surrender

By Robert M. Files on Nov. 08, 2012, at 2:53 p.m.
After I graduated from Colgate University in June 1943, I entered midshipman school on Sept. 1 at the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. I graduated on Dec. 23 as brand new “90-day wonder.” I reported to Camp Bradford on the outskirts of Norfolk, Va. to train as a naval gunfire …