George Fulcher,a 93 yearold WWII veteran was honored for his service on Saturday December 8th at the Holden Veterans Memorial for his contribution during WWII.Mr. Fulcher,a retired TSgt,flew as a bottom gunner in several B-17 squadrons while deployed in North Africa & England. He entered the service when he was in the 8th grade ; but was
eventually discovered & was separated from service as a private. He later re-entered the service & became a bottom gunner; chosen for his small stature.
George stated that he was the only crew member who didn’t wear a flak suit in the plane due to the confined space
in the turret.He also described coming back from missions
with flak (metal shards of the airplane)all over.George
stated”It looked more like a pineapple.” In one instance,
the plane he came back in was so heavily damaged it was permanently grounded.
Mr Fulcher flew in a total of 73 missions while assigned to the 94th , 91st , & 341st bomber squadrons.50 of those were flown in North Africa , & the remainder in England.
He currently resides with his daughter in Eddington.
Mr. Fulcher ,escorted by Marine Corps League Bangor Detachment 1151 Commandant Bill Jones & Adjutant Richard Stitham, presented a memorial wreath provided by Wreaths Across America ,at the base of the Holden Veterans
Memorial.After a brief reflection by Merrill Worcester founder of Wreaths Across America,the some 50 vehicles, including law enforcement escorts ,buses , private vehicles ,& 23tractor/trailers loaded with wreaths, left for a journey that would end in Washington D.C. at Arlington National Cemetary.
Volunteers then proceeded to Hart cemetary to place over 100
wreaths on the markers of veterans ; some dating back to the civil war.Bonnie Clark, manager of the
cemetary,explained that some of the challenges in honoring
these heroes from the past is finding the markers , & urges
anyone who has a loved one laid to rest there who is a veteran , insure they are recognized for their service by contacting her through the town office.