Korean War Veteran Drives Truck During Service and After

Author: MVH Caribou
Posted: June 04, 2020

Harold “Bob” Jandreau, born and raised in St. Francis, is the third child of 10 born to Hector and Rosebell Jandreau. He describes his large family as hard working, Catholic, French and very close to one another.

A fond memory he’ll never forget about growing up in Aroostook County is driving his father’s truck on the back roads, perched on his dad’s knee. The family kept a small farm where Bob also got to drive horses, a big job for a child.

From St. Francis to Korea

Bob was drafted into the Army and at first, felt the atmosphere and men were intimidating during basic training in Breckinridge, Kentucky.

“By the end, they weren’t so scary,” he said.

While serving in Korea, Bob was a truck driver and hauled canons. He was also in charge of running the movie projector at his camp. Private First Class Jandreau made many good friends in the service and said certain memories will always stay with him, including one major regret – missing an appearance by Marilyn Monroe in a USO production for troops. Bob also remembers listening to a northern Maine radio personality, Dick Curless, who called himself “The Rice Paddy Ranger.” Curless also served in the Korean War.

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Bob Settles Down

After the military, Bob spent two years working for Whitney Chain and Manufacturing Company in Connecticut before returning home to St. Francis. Upon his return, he married Norma Berube and they have two children, Barbara and Leola. They also have one grandchild, Sarah.

Bob made a career back home transporting fruit and potatoes and driving a truck in Cyr Plantation hauling logs. When he wasn’t working, he would fish and hunt, play cards and garden. He is also a member of the Korean Veterans Association, VFW and American Legion.

In addition to serving his country, Bob considers his greatest accomplishment overcoming health issues to continue to drive a truck at the age of 87.

Now a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes - Caribou, Harold Jandreau has been named Veteran of the Month for June. Thank you for your service, Bob.

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