June 21, 2018
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See 5 Mainers tell their strongest memories of war

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Delores Hainer, a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War who grew up in Brewer, was stationed at the Fort Sam base in San Antonio, Texas, between 1949 and 1950.
By Erin Rhoda, BDN Staff
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Delores Hainer, a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War who grew up in Brewer, was stationed at the Fort Sam base in San Antonio, Texas, between 1949 and 1950. That’s where she experienced segregation for the first time and still holds strong memories of local establishments refusing to serve her friend in the Army, who was black.

“It left a big impression. If you give respect, you deserve to have respect back,” she told Kristen Ackley and Christopher Brownell, students at the New England School of Communications at Husson University, this spring.

They were part of an oral history class created by journalism instructor Jeffrey Hope, who coordinates the journalism and sports journalism departments at the school in Bangor. His students interviewed veterans who volunteer at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor and participated in some way in the Korean War in the early 1950s.

Excerpts, and the full interviews, can be found on YouTube. The interviews will also be archived with the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

On this Memorial Day weekend, here are the voices and stories of five local people who have lessons to share about the military and war:

Delores Hainer

In a forgotten war there is one thing this vet will never forget, racism

By Kristen Ackley and Christopher Brownell

John Wedin

When basic training goes too far: A sad story from the past

By Izzy Bouchard and Dylan LeClair

William Dean

War is hard, and so is getting there

By David Furtado and Patrik Orcutt

Larry Payeur  

He helped feed orphaned children in Korea, until a church found out

By Zachary Hewins

Al Gibson

Is war worth it? Veteran Al Gibson remembers hearing the answer

By Nathan Allgood and Keyon Butler

 


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