PARIS — Frederick Oja has been named the Veteran of the Month at the Maine Veterans’ home in South Paris.

Oja was born on Feb. 25, 1926, in Greenwood. He was raised in West Paris. After he graduated from high school he enlisted in the Navy on Aug. 18, 1943. He became a radio technician and worked on naval aircraft while he was stationed at Whidbey Island, Washington.

At the time of his discharge on May 22, 1946, Oja was an Aviation Electricians Mate 2nd Class. For his service he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the American Area Medal.

After his discharge, Oja returned to West Paris and married his wife, Beryl, on Nov. 28, 1946. They will celebrate 64 years of marriage this November.

They settled in West Paris and he became a self-employed logger and a truck driver. Together, they raised three girls and four boys. When not in the woods or on the road, he volunteered for the town planning board.

He and Beryl became proud grandparents of seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In January of 2008, he came to live on the B Unit at the Maine Veterans’ Home. He loves country music, having his Bible read to him and the Red Sox.


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