PARIS — Harold A. Phelps is the veteran of the month at the Maine Veterans Home.

Phelps was born in Auburn on Sept. 21, 1932. He grew up in Auburn and Lewiston, and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1950.

Harold enlisted in the service before he was 18 and was accepted in the United States Navy on Sept. 5, 1950. He was stationed in San Diego, Calif., on the USS Prairie AD-15. Harold worked in electronics as radio maintenance. While he was there he earned the Korean Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

After Harold was discharged on Aug. 5, 1953, he went to work for about a year and then he enlisted again and went into the Air Force in 1955. He was stationed at multiple bases: Maguire AFD, Trenton, N.J.; United Nations Base, Chateauroux, France; a base in Waco, Texas; Mather AFB, Sacramento, Calif.; and Pope AFB, Fayetteville, N.C.

Harold trained to be a photo interperter and learned photography. He was an amazing photographer and won many awards at area fairs for his pictures. He did all of his daughter’s baby pictures.

In January 1957 he went to navigation training and completed in December 1957 and became a master navigator. Harold retired from the Air Force on June 30, 1972.

Harold got married to Jeanette on Sept. 26, 1959. They have one child together, a girl named Christine. They also have two grandchildren, Andrew and Sophie.

Harold went to USM and graduated with honors and received his BS in business and accounting. He went to work for the Department of Health & Human Services and worked for them for 16 years before retiring in 1993.

Harold enjoyed traveling to Nevada and through the Western states.

Harold came to the Maine Veterans’ Home in September 2012. He enjoys the meals and going to exercise.


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