Thorndike Native Enlisted in Army, Loved the Wyoming Mountains

Author: MVH Augusta
Posted: November 07, 2020
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Paul Austin grew up in Thorndike, Maine, the oldest of four siblings. Since he was the oldest and the only boy in the family, he took care of all the farm chores – milking cows, cutting wood, and anything else that needed to be done. His mother was a housekeeper and his father was a bridge builder for the state.

He graduated from Freedom Academy in 1951 and afterward, studied accounting and bookkeeping part time at the University of Maine. A year later he enlisted in the Air Force. Paul attended basic training in New York and was then stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He served in the military for four years as a records specialist.

Paul married a girl from his hometown just before entering the service. Laura lived with him on base in Wyoming and they went on to have four children.

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Paul Returns Home

After the military the Austin family moved back to Maine. Paul worked for Bath Hydewindliss Co. in those early years after his service; he later established himself as a repair person, performing carpentry, electrical and other odd jobs until he retired at the age of 75.

Paul lived in Florida during retirement, and at that time was remarried to his current wife, Marilyn. He came back to Maine to live with his son who lived in Nobleboro. He was happy to use some of his free time to serve American Legion Post 66 in Lisbon Falls.

Now a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes - Augusta, Paul Austin has been named Veteran of the Month for November. Thank you for your service, Paul.

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