Flanders was born in 1921 in Lewiston. He was raised with one older sister. He and his family moved to New Hampshire when he was 8 years old and moved back when he was 10. 

He worked in his father’s saw mill until he went into the Army in October 1944. He worked doing demolition and had his own crew of four men and four women.

Flanders served in Japan during World War II and achieved the rank of private first class. He received the WWII Victory medal, Good Conduct medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, Army of Occupation and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He worked in a number of sawmills over the years.

Flanders married Florence Green in 1940 and they have three children and three great grandchildren. Every summer they traveled to Florida.

He came to the Maine Veterans’ Home in June 2014 and resides on the residential care unit.

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