Alphonse Dubois was born Jan. 3, 1927, to Alida and Willie Dubois in Berlin, New Hampshire, one of seven children. When Al was 13, he and his family moved to South Paris, where he resides today.
Al started work early; at 13 he delivered newspapers for Ashton Drug Store. He also worked on a large farm where he cultivated crops that included hay, potatoes and vegetables. He even drove a team of horses.
The Army Calls
Al was drafted on April 30, 1945, and served with Anti-Tank Company K, 326th Glider Infantry, as a rifleman until his honorable discharge. He qualified as a parachutist and enlisted again in the Army on Dec. 18, 1946. He attended parachute school in Fort Benning, Georgia. Al also was trained to go in advance of troops as a rifleman and ammo bearer to clear land and meet the brunt of attack, experiencing hand to hand fighting in addition to a variety of arms. Al served as a paratrooper in Frankfurt, Germany until he was honorably discharged on Nov. 30, 1946. He received the Army of Occupation Medal and a Lapel Button for his service.
Career Takes Veteran On The Road
Following Al’s time in the service, he was employed as a long distance tractor trailer driver. He was married to his wife, Janice Carol, for 43 years until her passing. He later married Pauline Ouellette until her passing 16 years later. He has seven children, six girls and one boy; in addition to 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Always Active, On The Go
At the age of 92, Al still loves to drive or run a bucket loader at his camp; he also loves to make picnic tables. Al now resides at Maine Veterans' Home - South Paris, where he enjoys playing cards, listening to music, woodworking, and going to the shooting range and on trips with fellow residents. Al is the Home’s October Veteran of the Month. Thank you for your service, Al.
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Maine Veterans' Homes - South Paris is located among the mountains of western Maine. The Home features 11 acres of wood where residents and spot wildlife or participate in therapeutic sports activities.