LEWISTON — Bertrand Chenard, 86, of Lewiston, recently received his World War II medals, 65 years after his service in the Army.

Chenard enlisted on Feb. 8, 1946, and went to Aberdeen, Md., for basic training. On May 31, he went by ship to the European Theater of Operations. On June 10 he went up the English Channel and saw the White Cliffs of Dover and arrived in Le Havre, France.

He took a train through France to Butzbach, Germany and then went to auto school until May 1948. By October of that year, he was on a ship back to the U.S.

In May 2013, Chenard went to the Vet Clinic, where Jerry DeWitt learned about the lack of medals. DeWitt wrote to Congressman Mike Michaud on Chenard’s behalf. In June, Chenard received a letter from Michaud saying that the request for the medals was successful.

On Nov. 10, Chenard went to Michaud’s office, where he was presented with his World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Germany Medal.


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