GREENE – A World War II remembrance party was hosted on Nov. 10 at the Meadows Senior Living Center. Thirty World War II veterans attended to share stories, souvenirs from abroad and hear the tales of others who served.

Many were in their 80s, and some had never had an opportunity to speak publicly about their tour of duty.

Veterans from all services and all wars, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War, were in attendance. The World War II veterans represented all theaters of operation and had served under many famous commanders, including Patton, Halsey, Bradley and Eisenhower. Three were women who had served as a WAC WAVE and a Nurse Cadet.

Some had stepped onto the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, had served on the USS Yorketowne, the hospital ship Hope, had fought the Japanese on Okinawa and had chased Rommell across North Africa.

Most of the veterans had been involved in some key battle or conflict during the war and they were amazed that so many of their fellow service members were alive and here to celebrate and remember together.

Special guests included Don Simoneau, commander of the Department of Maine, American Legion, and Barbara Nelson, a 97-year-old WAC who was a company commander of a service and supply unit during the Congo, Burma and India conflict in 1942.


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