Additional Tributes Submitted Online
Tribute to my Father, Gary J. Welsch:
I am honoring my father who served in the 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry (Army) during the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and also in Panama in 1989.
James Welsch, Scarborough, ME
Tribute to my Husband, Larry M. LeBlanc:
My husband of 20 years, served his country and flag proudly, from 1978 to 1994. He saw how a dictator took hostages in 1979 onboard the U.S.S. Constellation (CV-64) and he was onboard the U.S.S. Independence (CV-62) for the Initial Strikes in support of Desert Shield. I am very proud of what my husband endured for my and all the others that enjoy our freedom and our right to free speech.
Melca M. LeBlanc, North Berwick
Tribute to my Friend, Warrant Officer Carolyn Kroot:
I am honoring the bravest and most honorable woman that I know. Because of her bravery during the Persian Gulf War, she initially reacted to save the life of a fellow comrade. The soldier was delivering ammo when his arm was partially severed from his body by shrapnel striking him. The explosion occurred due to his brakes catching on fire. Carolyn ran out of her tent after being on duty all night, tired and worn-out but in keeping her wits about her and her first aid training fresh to mind, she courageously applied pressure bandages to aid in saving this wounded soldier's life. Carolyn Kroot is one of the most courageous and bold soldiers that I know. She is a hero, and she is my hero!
Vivian Fuller, Belfast, Maine
Tribute to my Son, Eric Beloff:
Thank you for honoring our country and your fellow soldiers by serving in the Persian Gulf War. Your family is very proud of you.
Peg DuBrow, Gardiner, Maine
Tribute to my Brother, Eric Spear:
Eric served in Saudi Arabia, and later in Kuwait. He flew Medical Evac Blackhawks. Because of his service he has Gulf War Syndrome, but still holds down a full time job working for the State of Maine.
Sandra Olson, Thomaston, Maine
Tribute to my Son, Jeremy M Manuel:
I honor my son, Spc. Jeremy M. Manuel of the 82nd Airborne. He is my hero. He is a hard worker, a cherished Grandson, a loved Son, a loving Husband and wonderful Father of two beautiful children. He is a veteran of the Gulf War, having joined the Army just 2 weeks out of high school. He makes me one proud Mom, so I want to have him recognized in this way so that he understands just how proud he makes me.
Marla J. Kalloch, Mechanic Falls, Maine
Tribute to my Husband, Jeffery A. Coffin:
I am honoring my husband, Jeffery A. Coffin, who participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm from 12/3/90 - 5/2/91. He was a specialist with C Company of the 9th Engineering Battalion of the US Army, originally stationed in Germany. They went into battle with the 1st Infantry Division, who were the first into Iraq. At the end of the tour, they returned to Germany and not to Bangor International Airport. We were both 19 at the time.
Dawn Coffin, Ellsworth, Maine
Tribute to my life long friend, David Worthley:
To David and all of those brave men and women, may your service to our country not be forgotten or go unnoticed. Thank you for keeping us all safe.
Jeremy Lagasse, Oakland, Maine
Tribute to my Partner, Karen Bond:
Never given up and focusing on what needs to be done to keep others informed and using all your strengths to never forget those who are in need and what support may help.
Brenda Bond, Auburn, Maine
Tribute to my Son, Scott A. Laliberte:
We are honoring our son, Scott for all of his years in the service to his country.
Eileen & Richard Laliberte, Oxford, Maine
Tribute to my Partner, Brenda Bond:
Brenda is a wonderful individual who has continued to support all elements, with a disabled spouse and friend has never wavered to help. Endearing her own disability has proven to be strong she is a person with a lot of heart and courage to keep her life filled with passion. She is caring and supportive with her job with a deep knowledge and musical talent. She continues to pursue her dreams and never gives up in keeping strong!!
Kay Bond, Auburn, Maine
Tribute to my Son, Jeffry L. Dunham, Jr.:
My son was a PFC First Class, He was a machine gunner in the 101st Airborne Division, out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was in the military from August 1989-July 1992. He was in Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait from August 1990 to March of 1991. Thank you for your service Jeff.
Ruth L. Kroll, Verona Island, Maine
Tribute to my Son, Timothy J. Fenlason:
I am very proud of my Son Tim for serving in the Military.
Betty J. Kempton, Embden, Maine
Tribute to my Boyfriend, Vance Cayford:
To my #1 HERO! Words cannot define the sacrifices you made. Thank you so much for giving us the life we live today. I Love You!!
Christine Miller, Norridgewock, Maine
Tribute to my Brother, Shawn Jernigan, Sr.:
Thank you Shawn for serving our country and for defending my freedom !!!
Rena Marley, Orrington, Maine
Tribute to my Brother, GYSGT John S. LaPerriere:
I remember how worried my children (9 and 10 at the time) and I were when John, a Marine, was sent to Kuwait. We prayed and sent letters and just waited until the day we went to the Bangor International Airport to see him. It was just a stopover for him on his way back to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina but, luckily, he was allowed off the plane to see family. Having held all their emotions inside until then, both my daughter and son broke down in tears of relief when they at last saw their Uncle John back safe in the United States.
Jerryanne LaPerriere, Auburn, Maine
Tribute to my Husband, Scott Whittier:
I wish to thank my husband for his service during Desert Storm. He was with the 24th (Mech) Infantry from Ft. Stewart, Georgia. I am so proud of him and all who have served. Thank you.
Cheryl Whittier, Washington, Maine
Tribute to my My Husband, Lionel Martin:
I did not know my husband at the time of his service, but I do know he sacrificed much to serve his country during Operation Desert Storm. He experienced many things that he does not want to remember. When certain things trigger those memories, he is quiet. I cannot imagine the fear and uncertainty he realized fulfilling his patriotic duty. He is a hero. He's my hero. He's an American Hero.
Naomi Martin, China, ME
Tribute to my Mother, Cynthia Hatt Sturgis:
Boot camp Orlando FL KO46, one of the first female rifle companies. She's been to Brunswick ME, Naples, Italy, Rota, Spain, Panama and Jacksonville, FL. I'm 10 and my mom adopted me when I was a baby. She has PTSD and we are still coping with that. I still think she's the greatest mom ever. Thank you!
Calliope Hatt, Minot