Vietnam Veteran Receives Eagle Cane

September 14, 2012

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact: Paula Benoit (207) 624-7500

SCARBOROUGH – First Lady Ann LePage was joined by woodcarver Andy Rice and Maine Director of Veteran Services Peter Ogden, as Vietnam Veteran and Marine Richard “Rick” Renault received his Maine Silver Star and a hand carved Eagle Cane. Renault was also joined by his wife of 43 years, Sharon, daughter Shannon Loncoski of Falmouth, grandson Cameron, as well as neighbors and close friends at his home on Maple Avenue in Scarborough.

Mr. Renault was a radio operator in Vietnam serving in the 1st Battalion, 25th Marine, 4th Marine Division when he was wounded with shrapnel to his knee. He was awarded a Purple Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Expert Rifle Marksman and Expert Pistol Marksman recognitions, but was never actually provided any of the medals due to the timing of his injury and transfer back to the United States.

“Recognizing Mr. Renault’s service with his family and friends present is the type of opportunity that keeps me going as First Lady. I love meeting these veterans and ‘welcoming them home’ after so many years of being under the public radar,” commented Mrs. LePage.

Peter Ogden, also a Vietnam Veteran, shared stories of his own military experiences after he presented the Maine Silver Star and Vietnam recognition certificates. Mr. Ogden is responsible for expediting Rick Renault’s long overdue awards and certificates which are due to arrive shortly from Washington D.C.

“I’m proud to have been able to serve my country as a marine,” said Renault in a tearful moment of reminiscing, “but it sure was hard to return to civilian life back then,” he added.

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First Lady LePage with Rick Renault, Cameron Loncoski, Shanon Loncoski, and Sharon Renault