Maine Veterans Homes – South Paris Veteran of the Month, Lawrence White Submitted photos

 

Growing up in Norway, Maine, Lawrence White spent much of his free time helping his father on the family farm. It was his job to do the haying with the farm’s horses, Jerry and Major, though “job” may not be quite the right way to describe it.

Larry loved spending time with the horses and fondly remembers Major’s quiet demeanor, and Jerry’s fun-loving personality.

Into the Army
In 1944, Larry was inspired to sign up for the Army during his senior year at Norway High School after a friend decided to join the Marines. He trained in Biloxi, Mississippi, and then worked as an auto mechanic in Panama.

When Larry left the Army, he became the proud owner of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, which he enjoyed riding and tinkering with.

After the Military: Larry wasn’t one to stay still. When he left the military after two years of service, he hauled brand new Ford cars – four to a truck – throughout the 1950s. During the ’60s, Larry spent some time with Sanborn Map Company when it operated out of Oxford, but looking at highways and side roads just didn’t cut it for Larry, he wanted to be traveling them.

He picked up where he left off hauling cars, but this time he had his own long distance rig that he operated throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Soaring Through the Air: Traveling by vehicle on land wasn’t the only way in which Larry liked to get from one place to another: He also flew a Piper Cub plane privately as a hobby. The type of plane Larry flew was built between 1938 and 1947 and built by Piper Aircraft. It had a simple, light weight design, which gave it good, low speed handling properties and short-field performance.

Larry kept his Piper Cub at a private airstrip in Norway. He also rented planes over the years for the sheer joy if it, and flew some of the four planes his son, Bruce, has owned over the years.

Now a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes – South Paris, Lawrence White has been named Veteran of the Month for December. Thank you for your service, Lawrence.

About: Maine Veterans’ Homes is a nonprofit organization whose mission, “caring for those who served,” is at the forefront of all that we do. We operate six homes throughout the state where we care for Veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents. We opened our first home in Augusta and 1983 and went on to open locations in Bangor, Caribou, Machias, Scarborough and South Paris. We believe it’s a privilege and our responsibility to provide care and support for those who honorably served our country.

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