PARIS — Laurier Roger Carbonneau has been named Veteran of the Month at the Maine Veterans’ Home.

Carbonneau was born on April 19, 1925, in Lewiston. He joined the Marines on July 6, 1943, and was discharged on Jan. 26, 1946. He served in the Pacific Theater in the 2nd Marine Division during World War II, achieving the rank as a corporal. He earned the Purple Heart Medal.

In 1943 Carbonneau married Lillian Guimond and they had two children, Donald and Laurier. They also have six grandchildren. The couple was  married for 52 years.

Carbonneau worked for the shoe industry for 60 years. He was an administrator for Stride Rite Shoes and traveled throughout the world for them.

He has been with his companion Theola Raasumaa, for the last 18 years.

Carbonneau came to the Maine Veterans’ Homes in November 2010 and resides on the “B” unit. One of his favorite hobbies is to collect coins. He also enjoys French music, boating, football, church, being outside, exercising with the group at the home and reading Marine magazines and the newspaper.

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