PARIS — Anthony D. Hildreth, Seaman 1st Class, has been honored as the veteran of the month at the Maine Veterans’ Home.

Hildreth was born on Jan. 19, 1927, in Lewiston. He did not finish high school; he enlisted in the Navy and on Jan. 19, 1944, on his 17th birthday he entered the service. When he reported to Philadelphia he was shipped out almost immediately.

During World War II, he served in the Philippine Liberation, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He served two years on the USS Alaska (Heavy Cruiser). The USS Alaska protected the carriers Enterprise and Saratoga.

Anthony was a powderman; he worked on twin mount 5-foot 38 guns.

Anthony earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, the American Campaign medal, Victory medal and the Philippine Liberation medal. He was discharged on May 6, 1946.

In September 1948 Anthony married Bessie Liarakos. They have two daughters, Sharon and Marcia; three grandchildren, Anthony, Rebecca and Amanda; and three great-grandchildren, James, Tighe and Tucker.

After Anthony was discharged from the Navy he went to work for Geiger Brothers in Lewiston as a printer. He worked there for 34 years.

Hildreth was very active in the New Auburn Legion Post 153 for 28 years and was named the Outstanding Contributor. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation along with a certificate for continuous membership.

Anthony came to the Maine Veterans’ Home in October 2012; he enjoys making friends there.


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