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Veterans Day Salute

American Battle Monuments Commission

Five uncles

Black Magenta Yellow Cyan

continued from page 3 bode him well when he served with De Gaulle’s French Resistance movement, the French Forces of the Interior in Africa. In 1947, Roland worked for 10 months as a simultaneous translator at the Nuremburg Trials in Germany. He was part of a team of 12 American servicemen who had sufficient ability to work as translators. He recalled the challenges and pressures of working with the microphones and earphones during the trials. Roland later told his family, “All of us were speaking as quickly as we could, but if you paused or hesitated in your choice of words, there was always another man speaking who would be picked up instead.” He was also a veteran of the Korean War. Roland is deceased; he never married. Gerard went into the Army in June, 1942. From Fort Devens, he was sent to Fort Belvoir, Virginia. There he was part of Engineer Replacement Training Center, which trained the men in construction machinery, carpentry, drafting and surveying. Gerard was deployed to North Africa and Italy with the 39th Combat Engineers, where he was promoted to Sergeant while in Rome. He earned five battle stars, the European and African campaign ribbons, among others. He was discharged in late 1945. Gerard married Fernande Filteau in 1946; he is deceased.

Roland Girardin

Val Girardin

Gerard Girardin

Valmore (Val) went into the Army Air Force in June, 1942. After assignment to and graduation from the Miami, Florida Technical School Squadron, he transferred to March Field, California in July, 1944. From there he was sent overseas as a gunner in B-24 bombers. He flew in 35 missions, crash-landing once in Belgium. He earned five battle stars, the Air Medal, two clusters, and the Presidential Citation, among others. Val and his wife, Ferna, made their home in Weld; he is deceased.

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ach year millions of American and foreign citizens visit ABMC cemeteries and memorials. The commission receives more than 9,000 inquiries yearly, many seeking to facilitate visits or locate individual grave sites. ABMC provides the following services to requesters:  Name, location, and information on cemeteries and memorials.  Plot, row and grave number or memorialization location of Honored War Dead.  Best in-country routes and modes of travel to cemeteries or memorials.  Information on accommodations near cemeteries or memorials.  Escort service for relatives to grave and memorial sites within the cemeteries.  Letters authorizing fee-free passports for members of the immediate family traveling overseas to visit a grave or memorialization site.  Black and white photographs of headstones and Tablets of the Missing on which the names of dead or missing are engraved.  Arrangements for floral decorations placed at graves and memorialization sites.

 An Honor Roll Certificate containing data on a Korean War casualty suitable for framing.  Polaroid color photographs of donated floral decorations in place. The Andrews Project The commission also provides friends and relatives of those interred in its cemeteries or memorialized on its Tablets of the Missing with color lithographs of the cemetery or memorial on which is mounted a photograph of the headstone or commemorative inscription. The Andrews Project, named in honor of its sponsor, the late Congressman George W. Andrews, is ABMC’s most popular service. For more information, contact info@abmc.gov You may write to: American Battle Monuments Commission Courthouse Plaza II, Suite 500 2300 Clarendon Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201 Phone: 703-696-6897

The Commission administers, operates and maintains 25 memorials, monuments or markers: Audenarde Monument Belleau Wood Monument Bellicourt Monument Cabanatuan Memorial Cantigny Monument Chateau-Thierry Monument Chaumont Marker East Coast Memorial  Guadalcanal Memorial  Honolulu Memorial Thank you to "all who serve and have served." Kemmel Monument Montfaucon Monument AGREN APPLIANCE Montsec Monument Naval Brest Monument Naval Gibraltar Monument Pointe du Hoc Monument Papua Marker Saipan Memorial tel 207 784 2941 Architects • Engineers Santiago Surrender Tree fax 207 784 3856 Sommepy Monument Construction Managers Souilly Marker Two Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, Maine 04210 Tours Monument Utah Beach Monument West Coast Memorial Western Task Force Marr

Honoring you on Veteran’s Day!

Remembering my five uncles See Five uncles

BY GERARD JEAN, JR.

on page 22

Guest Writer

In Loving Memory of My Special Brother

“Five sons serving in the fight against the Axis ….” began an

article published along with a picture of my maternal grandmother holding a five star victory flag in the June 30, 1942 edition of the Lewiston Daily Sun. Lea Duguay Girardin was the first mother in Maine to have five sons in the U.S. military; a sixth son remained a civilian.

COREY ALAN DAN KIA, Ramadi, Iraq, 3/13/06

Normand Girardin

Lea Girardin, mother of five soldiers. Lea and Pierre Girardin married in Lewiston and moved to Livermore Falls where their six sons and four daughters were born and raised. My five uncles’ military experiences were as follows.

Normand, the youngest of the 10 children, first volunteered for the National Guard in 1940, right after graduating high school. He soon was in the regular army as part of the 103rd Infantry, 43rd Division. He deployed to New Caledonia, an island in the southwest Pacific. He received a promotion to Sergeant in 1943. He was seriously wounded from gunfire in the Battle of Munda, east of New Guinea. He recuperated at the VA hospital in San Francisco and at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Before his discharge on October 1, 1945, he was at Fort Devens, MA and Fort Meade, MD. Normand received two battle stars, the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Bronze Star, among others. Normand was in the service five years, 15 days. He is the last remaining son and still lives in Livermore Falls, with his wife, Doris.

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Jeff Girardin Joffre (Jeff) was the next son to enlist; he left for the army in December, 1940 and was also in the 103rd Infantry, 43rd Division. His deployment was, like Normand’s, to New Caledonia, in September, 1943, where he was promoted to Sergeant. Joffre earned three battle stars, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Bronze Star, among others. He was in the Army four years, eight months. Joffre and his wife, Eleanor, who subsequently made their home in Wilton, are both deceased. Roland, the eldest son, entered the Army in April, 1942 and was in the Quartermaster Corps. After camps in New Jersey and North Carolina, he was sent to North Africa and was promoted to Sergeant in 1944. He was demobilized in November, 1945 and re-enlisted in February, 1946. His facility with the French language

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If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken, no time to say Goodbye . You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why. My heart still aches with sadness, and secret tears still flow. What it meant to love you no one can ever know. But now I know you want me to mourn for you no more: To remember all the happy times life still has much in store Since you’ll never be forgotten, I pledge to you today A hollowed place within my heart is where you’ll always stay!


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Veterans Day Salute

American Battle Monuments Commission

Five uncles

Black Magenta Yellow Cyan

continued from page 3 bode him well when he served with De Gaulle’s French Resistance movement, the French Forces of the Interior in Africa. In 1947, Roland worked for 10 months as a simultaneous translator at the Nuremburg Trials in Germany. He was part of a team of 12 American servicemen who had sufficient ability to work as translators. He recalled the challenges and pressures of working with the microphones and earphones during the trials. Roland later told his family, “All of us were speaking as quickly as we could, but if you paused or hesitated in your choice of words, there was always another man speaking who would be picked up instead.” He was also a veteran of the Korean War. Roland is deceased; he never married. Gerard went into the Army in June, 1942. From Fort Devens, he was sent to Fort Belvoir, Virginia. There he was part of Engineer Replacement Training Center, which trained the men in construction machinery, carpentry, drafting and surveying. Gerard was deployed to North Africa and Italy with the 39th Combat Engineers, where he was promoted to Sergeant while in Rome. He earned five battle stars, the European and African campaign ribbons, among others. He was discharged in late 1945. Gerard married Fernande Filteau in 1946; he is deceased.

Roland Girardin

Val Girardin

Gerard Girardin

Valmore (Val) went into the Army Air Force in June, 1942. After assignment to and graduation from the Miami, Florida Technical School Squadron, he transferred to March Field, California in July, 1944. From there he was sent overseas as a gunner in B-24 bombers. He flew in 35 missions, crash-landing once in Belgium. He earned five battle stars, the Air Medal, two clusters, and the Presidential Citation, among others. Val and his wife, Ferna, made their home in Weld; he is deceased.

FURNITURE WHOLESALE & CANDLE FACTORY OUTLET

Salutes All Our Veterans! Bring in this ad to receive 20% OFF Any One Item. Restrictions apply, expires 11/17/2006. 1887 Hotel Rd., Auburn • 786-3761 • Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5

SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS

HONORING OUR VETERANS

CHAMPOUX INSURANCE DELIVERING ON THE PROMISE 416 Sabattus St. ~ Lewiston ~ (207) 783-2246 www.maineinsuranceonline.com

visit WWW.SUNJOURNAL.COM 3

• Saturday, November 11, 2006

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ach year millions of American and foreign citizens visit ABMC cemeteries and memorials. The commission receives more than 9,000 inquiries yearly, many seeking to facilitate visits or locate individual grave sites. ABMC provides the following services to requesters:  Name, location, and information on cemeteries and memorials.  Plot, row and grave number or memorialization location of Honored War Dead.  Best in-country routes and modes of travel to cemeteries or memorials.  Information on accommodations near cemeteries or memorials.  Escort service for relatives to grave and memorial sites within the cemeteries.  Letters authorizing fee-free passports for members of the immediate family traveling overseas to visit a grave or memorialization site.  Black and white photographs of headstones and Tablets of the Missing on which the names of dead or missing are engraved.  Arrangements for floral decorations placed at graves and memorialization sites.

 An Honor Roll Certificate containing data on a Korean War casualty suitable for framing.  Polaroid color photographs of donated floral decorations in place. The Andrews Project The commission also provides friends and relatives of those interred in its cemeteries or memorialized on its Tablets of the Missing with color lithographs of the cemetery or memorial on which is mounted a photograph of the headstone or commemorative inscription. The Andrews Project, named in honor of its sponsor, the late Congressman George W. Andrews, is ABMC’s most popular service. For more information, contact info@abmc.gov You may write to: American Battle Monuments Commission Courthouse Plaza II, Suite 500 2300 Clarendon Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201 Phone: 703-696-6897

The Commission administers, operates and maintains 25 memorials, monuments or markers: Audenarde Monument Belleau Wood Monument Bellicourt Monument Cabanatuan Memorial Cantigny Monument Chateau-Thierry Monument Chaumont Marker East Coast Memorial  Guadalcanal Memorial  Honolulu Memorial Thank you to "all who serve and have served." Kemmel Monument Montfaucon Monument AGREN APPLIANCE Montsec Monument Naval Brest Monument Naval Gibraltar Monument Pointe du Hoc Monument Papua Marker Saipan Memorial tel 207 784 2941 Architects • Engineers Santiago Surrender Tree fax 207 784 3856 Sommepy Monument Construction Managers Souilly Marker Two Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, Maine 04210 Tours Monument Utah Beach Monument West Coast Memorial Western Task Force Marr

Honoring you on Veteran’s Day!

Remembering my five uncles See Five uncles

BY GERARD JEAN, JR.

on page 22

Guest Writer

In Loving Memory of My Special Brother

“Five sons serving in the fight against the Axis ….” began an

article published along with a picture of my maternal grandmother holding a five star victory flag in the June 30, 1942 edition of the Lewiston Daily Sun. Lea Duguay Girardin was the first mother in Maine to have five sons in the U.S. military; a sixth son remained a civilian.

COREY ALAN DAN KIA, Ramadi, Iraq, 3/13/06

Normand Girardin

Lea Girardin, mother of five soldiers. Lea and Pierre Girardin married in Lewiston and moved to Livermore Falls where their six sons and four daughters were born and raised. My five uncles’ military experiences were as follows.

Normand, the youngest of the 10 children, first volunteered for the National Guard in 1940, right after graduating high school. He soon was in the regular army as part of the 103rd Infantry, 43rd Division. He deployed to New Caledonia, an island in the southwest Pacific. He received a promotion to Sergeant in 1943. He was seriously wounded from gunfire in the Battle of Munda, east of New Guinea. He recuperated at the VA hospital in San Francisco and at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Before his discharge on October 1, 1945, he was at Fort Devens, MA and Fort Meade, MD. Normand received two battle stars, the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Bronze Star, among others. Normand was in the service five years, 15 days. He is the last remaining son and still lives in Livermore Falls, with his wife, Doris.

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Jeff Girardin Joffre (Jeff) was the next son to enlist; he left for the army in December, 1940 and was also in the 103rd Infantry, 43rd Division. His deployment was, like Normand’s, to New Caledonia, in September, 1943, where he was promoted to Sergeant. Joffre earned three battle stars, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Bronze Star, among others. He was in the Army four years, eight months. Joffre and his wife, Eleanor, who subsequently made their home in Wilton, are both deceased. Roland, the eldest son, entered the Army in April, 1942 and was in the Quartermaster Corps. After camps in New Jersey and North Carolina, he was sent to North Africa and was promoted to Sergeant in 1944. He was demobilized in November, 1945 and re-enlisted in February, 1946. His facility with the French language

Pride in America is Strengthened by the Women and Men Committed to Serve and Sacrifice for our Nation. Our deepest gratitude to those serving and those who have served.

2007 SNOWMOBILES AND ATV’S ARE SERVICED AND READY TO GO!

Stop in today and be ready to ride! We Buy, Sell, Trade Anything on 2 or 4 Wheels Including Cars and Trucks!! visit us at www.centralmainepowersports.com

If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken, no time to say Goodbye . You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why. My heart still aches with sadness, and secret tears still flow. What it meant to love you no one can ever know. But now I know you want me to mourn for you no more: To remember all the happy times life still has much in store Since you’ll never be forgotten, I pledge to you today A hollowed place within my heart is where you’ll always stay!


Five Girardin brothers serve in WWII