Roy E. Ward was born on Veterans Day, November 11, 1919, in of all places, Freedom, Maine. Maine Veterans’ Homes - Bangor helped Roy celebrate his 101st birthday last month, and now he’s being honored as Veteran of the Month.
Roy is the oldest of four children to Oley and Florence Ward. Roy, his two brothers, Raymond and Mewin, and his sister, Mae, all attended Freedom High School.
After graduating high school, he stayed in Freedom for a period before deciding that he wanted to join the Navy, so he enlisted in 1941. He trained in Newport, Rhode Island, and then Roy was off to sail the seas.
During his six-year service in the Navy, Roy performed convoy duty and transported oil on the USS Mizpah.
Settling in Back Home
After his military career, Roy came back to Maine and was an auto mechanic for many years. He didn’t retire until the age of 75, but even then, he wasn’t thrilled about retirement.
“I enjoyed working,” he said. “It made the time go faster.”
Roy and his wife, Marguerite, have two children, Roxanne and Darrell. He has two grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren that he just loves to talk and visit with. Roy and Marguerite have enjoyed a loving, 70-year marriage.
Roy can speak some German and also a little French, and his hobbies include fishing and hunting. He was brought up to be active in the church and has been a lifelong congregant, except until recently because of the coronavirus.
A much loved resident of Maine Veterans’ Homes - Bangor, Roy enjoys sharing stories with other Veterans and hearing their stories. Roy recently celebrated his 101st birthday at the Home with a gingerbread cake as a special treat. Roy Ward has been named Veteran of the Month at MVH Bangor for December. Thank you for your service, Roy.
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