Honoring the Veterans of Maine Veterans’ Home

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: January 31, 2017
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

At Maine Veterans’ Home, each of our six locations has its own unique culture, ambiance and community of residents and staff who understand, respect and honor what it means to be a veteran.

While each is unique, we are all focused on one mission — top quality care, compassionate support and peace of mind for veterans. We believe it is a privilege and our responsibility to provide care and support for those who honorably served our country.

Therefore, we’d like to introduce you to some of the veterans whom we are honored to serve each day at Maine Veterans’ Homes.

Meet Our Veterans at Maine Veterans’ Home

Watie Atkins

U.S. Air Force (1952-1956)

Birthplace: Penobscot Nation Reservation

Watie enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 and served as a Medical Lab Technician in Japan during the Korean War.  After 4 ½ years of service, Watie returned to the states and attended college, ultimately earning a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Northeastern University.  At age 62, Watie decided to retire “early” to focus on studying Penobscot culture and music, and ultimately released several CDs of native Penobscot and Abenaki music.  Watie is an elder in the Penobscot Nation and a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Bangor.


Fred S. Moore

U.S. Army (1957-1959)

Birthplace: Oak Park, IL

Fred enlisted in the Army in 1957 and served as an Audit Specialist at the U.S. Army Security Assistance Center in South Korea.  After two years of service, Fred attended the University of Maine, earning first his Bachelor’s in Accounting and ultimately his MBA. Fred returned to federal service, working for the U.S. Government in various postings around Asia for six years.  Returning to Maine, Fred worked for Hannaford Brothers in Scarborough for 23 years.  Fred is a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough.


Hubert E. Phillips

U.S. Army (1953-1955)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH

Herb enlisted in the Army in 1953 and served as a cook at the 714th Transportation Battalion Railway Operating Steam & Diesel Electric at Fort Eustis, Va.  After two years of service, Herb attended the University of Cincinnati earning his Bachelor’s in Social Work. Herb worked in the juvenile court system, ultimately becoming the Director of the Glenview School for Delinquent Boys in Ohio. He also continued to cook, serving as a guest chef at a gourmet restaurant in Cincinnati.  Herb is a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Machias.


Keith Smith

U.S. Army (1953-1955)

Birthplace: Machias, ME

Keith was drafted into the Army in May 1953 and served in Germany during the Korean War.  When his enlistment was up, Keith returned to Machias to work first with Schoppee’s Dairy, then as a gas deliveryman for Rogers Wayside, before spending his last 17 years on the clam flats digging clams. Keith maintained a passion for model aviation, and he was often to be found with his models at the Deblois Airstrip near his home. Keith is a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Machias.


Mary A. Ravin

U.S. Navy (1944-1946)

Birthplace: Providence, RI

Mary graduated from the University of Rhode Island and enlisted in the Navy in 1944.  She served for two years at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois until she was discharged in 1946.  Mary used the GI Bill to return to school, attending Tufts School of Medicine in Boston. She did her internship at Beth Israel Hospital, and later, with her husband Herbert, ran the emergency room at the Sinai Hospital of Detroit.  Mary’s Navy uniform still hangs in her closet at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough.


Charles Scribner

U.S. Marine Corps/U.S. Navy SEABEES/Maine National Guard (1957-1980)

Birthplace: Bradford, ME

Charles enlisted in the Marines in 1957 and was Attendant to the Brig aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Valley Forge. Charles served in Beirut, Lebanon, quelling radical rebellions and was in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when Fidel Castro took power. Following a stint as a Navy SEABEE, Charles joined the Maine National Guard and retired with a total of 23 years combined service. Charles became a heavy equipment operator and helped build the interstate highway system in Maine. Charles is a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Bangor.


Franklin L. Flanders

U.S. Army (1944-1946)

Birthplace: Lewiston, ME

Franklin enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served in Manila, Philippines, and Tokyo, Japan, as part of a demolition and explosives crew.  In Japan, his team demolished damaged buildings, and in the Philippines, they tore down cannon emplacements. After the war, Frank returned to Maine, took over one of his father’s saw mills and cut lumber for the Diamond Match Company.  After retiring from the saw mill, Frank took up woodworking and blacksmithing as a hobby.  Frank is a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in South Paris.


Robert E. Burbank

U.S. Coast Guard (1956-1998)

Birthplace: Weymouth, MA

Bob joined the Coast Guard in 1956 and served a total of 42 years between active duty and the reserves, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.  Bob worked in Damage Control and saw service in Alaska, Antarctica and Cuba. In 1966, Bob transitioned to the Coast Guard Reserves and earned a Bachelor’s in Education. Bob spent 29 years teaching Industrial Arts at South Portland High School in addition to coaching soccer and basketball.  Bob is a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in South Paris.


Mary Lane

U.S. Air Force (1957-1959)

Birthplace: Avon, PA

Mary joined the Air Force in 1957, less than a month after graduating from South Lebanon Township High School in Pennsylvania.  Mary received her certificate in Aircraft Control & Warning Operation at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and spent most of her career working with radar and route plotting.  When her enlistment was up, Mary and her husband moved to Waterville, Maine, where she took a job at a nursery school at Colby College.  Mary is a resident at Maine Veterans' Homes in Augusta.


Eli Burke

U.S. Army Air Corps (1943-1945)

Birthplace: Montreal, QC Canada

Eli was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served as a Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner for B-19s and B-29s. He reached the rank of Technical Sergeant and flew combat missions in Rhineland, Germany; Ardennes, Belgium; and across central Europe.  After the war, Eli attended Northeast University and Boston University and opened a jewelry store in New Jersey. He also served as the President of the Retail Division of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. Eli is a resident at Maine Veterans' Homes in Augusta.


Oran Rasmussen

U.S. Army (1943-1946)

Birthplace: New Denmark, NB Canada

Oran was drafted into the Army in 1943.  Oran’s unit trained in Maryland, before traveling to Europe to join the Allies for The Battle of the Bulge. All told, Orin saw combat in France, Germany and Austria, where he witnessed members of his unit cut down by enemy gunfire. After the armistice, Orin was honorably discharged and returned home where he made a living in carpentry. He and his wife Leona were married for 60 years. Oran is a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Caribou.


Clarence Devoe

U.S. Army (1962-1964)*

Birthplace: Presque Isle, ME

Clarence enlisted in the Navy in 1962 and manned an 8-inch gun with nuclear ordnance  capabilities for Navy Artillery in Colorado Springs, CO.  Honorably discharged in 1964, Clarence returned to Maine where he found work cutting river ice, welding and with Pepsi-Cola. Clarence has had a lifelong passion for music, and he played guitar and sang in bands for more than 50 years. He has been married to his wife for more than 51 years, and they have one daughter.  Clarence is a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Caribou. *In our 2017 calendar Mr Devoe was incorrectly listed as a US Navy veteran.  We apologize for this error.

At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we encourage families and veterans to visit any or all of our locations and get to know us. An in-person visit to experience the daily life, people and interactions is the best way to know if the community is the right fit for you or your loved one.

Maine Veterans’ Homes is an independent nonprofit organization with six locations throughout Maine, each welcoming our honored veterans.

Contact Maine Veterans’ Homes online or give us a call today at 800-278-9494.