SOUTH PARIS — The Maine Veterans’ Home was the setting for a donation of military memorabilia, donated to the Maine Military Museum in Portland. The items, dating back to World War I, were donated by Jobyna Winslow, daughter of the late Job Chapman, who served in the 103rd United States Infantry during World War I.
Chapman was born in Bath and grew up in Maine. He was an enlisted man who served from May 1917 until August 1920. Much of his time was spent in France. Among the items donated were his full dress wool uniform, his gas mask, helmet, diary, a Yankee division flag, newspaper clippings saved by his mother and a three-day pass issued to Chapman in 1918.
On hand to receive the items was Lee Humiston, archivist from the Maine Military Museum.
“This is one of the finest collections of memorabilia that I have seen. These items will be preserved under a glass display and will have a plaque to honor Chapman. It is unbelievable that these items are in such terrific shape,” said Humiston.
Jobyna Winslow’s husband, William, is a resident at the Maine Veterans’ Home, and Jobyna Winslow herself has been a resident at the home. She felt that the facility would be an appropriate setting for the transfer of her father’s uniform. During the ceremony, she shared stories about her father with staff members and members of the Western Maine Veterans’ Advisory Committee.
She spoke of his experience with exposure to mustard gas, explaining, in his words from his diary, “none of the Americans were overcome by the gas, but 75 French soldiers were taken.”