AUGUSTA – Vietnam and World War II veterans from Auburn, New Sharon, Cape Neddick and Augusta were honored this morning by  Gov. John E. Baldacci for being wounded while serving, a release from the governor’s office stated.
Also recognized were veterans from South Paris, Bangor, Athens, Brooks, Madison, Bath, Cornville and Vassalboro.
Baldacci presented State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medals in a Hall of Flags ceremony to:
·Arnold L. Leavitt, a World War II veteran from Auburn.
·Martin G. Ellis, a Vietnam veteran from New Sharon
·Roland N. Nowell, a Vietnam veteran from Cape Neddick.
Also honored with the medal but not present were:
· Korean War veterans Josephat N. Levesque of South Paris; Vernon W. Clark of  Brooks and Howard S. Wacome  of  Madison.
·World War II veterans Keith F. Colpitts of  Bangor and Victor U. Listor of Athens.
·Vietnam veterans Vietnam Gordon M. Gillies of Bath, Gary D. Corson of Cornville and Robert J. Locklin of Vassalboro.
The medal was first awarded to Maine veterans in August of 2006, and is presented to those who have been wounded while serving their country. 
“When this country sends its men and women into harm’s way, we have a moral obligation to make sure we take care of them, not only when they are in combat, but also when they come home,” Baldacci said.  “I honor you and your commitment today with these medals.”


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