Veteran's Childhood Spent Working Family's Farm

Author: MVH Caribou
Posted: October 23, 2019
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Like many families in northern Maine in the early to mid 1900s, Roland Anderson’s family owned and worked on their family farm. Born Oct. 6, 1926, to Andrew and Fern Anderson, Roland has three sisters and four brothers. Roland recalls that farming was a big part of his life back then, and that his parents were very strict. A highlight of his childhood, he recalls, was receiving his education in a one-room schoolhouse.

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Army Brought Many Friends

Before the service Roland worked as a road commissioner in the town of Woodland, along with working on the farm. In February 1943 he was drafted into the Army and served as an engineer in England, France and Germany. He reached the rank of TEC 5 before he was honorably discharged in 1945. Roland smiles when he recalls having lots of friends and even many girlfriends during his time in the service.

After the military Roland continued to work for the town of Woodland and married his wife, Barbara, in Presque Isle. They have three children, including one child who died at a young age; Donny and Nancy; four grandchildren, Christy, Chad, Eric and Lance; and six great-grandchildren.

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A Life Well Lived

If you Roland what some of his greatest accomplishments are, he’s proud to tell you that he’s always there for someone in need; success; being a good mechanic; and always making himself available for his children.

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Now a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes - Caribou, Roland enjoys Westerns and watching the Red Sox. Roland is October Veteran of the Month at MVH-Caribou. Thank you for your service, Roland.

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