PARIS — Maine Veterans’ Home has named Peter M. Rowell, former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, Veteran of the Month.

Rowell was born on Jan. 28, 1941, in Portsmouth, N.H., and graduated from Robert William Traip Academy in Kittery.

Rowell  enlisted in the U.S. Marines in August 1959 and was honorably discharged in August 1967. Rowell served in the Vietnam War as a mortar man, then he became a section leader and worked his way up to sergeant. He served in Vietnam for 13 months. He also served in Italy, the Mediterranean, Greece, France and many other places.

Rowell earned many medals, the Navy Commendation medal with Combat V, two Purple Hearts, two Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Vietnam Service Medals, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Marine Rifle Sharpshooter Medal. 

He got married after the service and had one son, Peter Jr.

After the service, Rowell became a federal police officer at the naval shipyard in Portsmouth, N.H., for 20 years and then retired.

Peter came to the Maine Veterans’ Home in September 2013 and resides in the C-Unit.


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