World War II veteran Donald Clifford of Dixfield celebrates his 95th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 29. Clifford graduated from Woodstock High School in 1942. He worked in the South Portland shipyard for nine months before he was drafted into the Army, where he served for three years. He had his basic training in Atlantic City, New Jersey, his schooling in Joplin, Missouri, and additional training in the California mountains near Fresno. In May 1945, Clifford and his company, the 339th Signal Company, were sent to Guam to operate a message center for the 20th Air Force and were in constant contact with the Pentagon about their bombing mission on Japan. He was sent back to the U.S. and was honorably discharged. He then went to work in 1947 for the Oxford Paper Co. as a paper tester and retired as a first class instrument repairman.


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