This month, we had so many veteran stories to share, we decided to again feature four at once. Read on to hear stories from our veteran residents Raymond, Ronald, Bick and Don.
Raymond Doig, U.S. Navy (1952-1958), U.S. Air Force (1958-1979)
Birthplace: Utica, NY
Raymond Doig was born in 1933 in Utica, New York. Ray joined the Navy in 1952, and served as a minesweeper in Naples, Italy, before joining the Air Force in 1958.
Ray joined the Air Force Reserve in 1962, but was called back to active duty in 1968, where he remained until he retired in 1979 with 27+ years of service.
Ray’s second wife was still serving in the Air Force, so he focused on his education while she finished up her career, and he graduated from Metro State College in Denver in 1989 with a degree in history.
Ray and his wife bought a house in New Sweden, Maine, and moved there full time when she retired in 1994. Ray worked as a potato truck driver until 2001. Ray is a resident at our Caribou home.
Ronald Hall, U.S. Navy (1953-1957), U.S. Coast Guard (1958-1976)
Birthplace: Eastport, ME
Ronald Hall was born in Eastport, Maine, and graduated from Shead Memorial High School.
Ron enlisted in the Navy in 1953 and trained as an aircraft mechanic in Baltimore. Ron left the Navy in 1957 and returned to Eastport.
Still wanting to serve, Ron decided to re-enlist in 1958, this time in the Coast Guard. While in the Coast Guard, Ron worked as an aircraft mechanic at many different bases, including two tours of duty at the South Pole.
Ron met his wife, Judy, in North Carolina and they had one son. Ron retired from service in 1976, and he returned to Eastport to work on a fishing boat. He has spent most of his life creating music and playing in bands. Ron is a resident at our Machias Home.
Robert “Bick” Wing, U.S. Navy (1946-1948)
Birthplace: Lewiston, ME
Robert “Bick” Wing was born in 1927, in Lewiston, Maine. Bick graduated from Edward Little High School and enlisted in the Navy in 1946.
Before basic training, Bick and some friends drove a 1940s Ford from Maine to Alaska to “check out the west.” After basic, Bick was sent to the Mediterranean for a peacekeeping mission, and Bick enjoyed the opportunity to visit exotic ports in Italy, Morocco and Algeria.
After leaving active duty, Bick returned to Maine, married Pauline, and became a bank manager and ultimately vice president of Depositors Trust Co. and Peoples Heritage in Lewiston, Mechanic Falls and Waterville.
Bick and Pauline eventually returned to Italy and Morocco to revisit his military haunts, and in his 80s Bick decided to learn to paint. Bick is a resident at our Scarborough Home.
Don Linscott, U.S. Marine Corps (1947-1954)
Birthplace: Portland, ME
Donald Linscott was born in 1932 in Portland, Maine. Don lied about his age and joined the Marine Corps while still in high school in 1947.
Part of the 3rd Engineer Field Maintenance Company, Don fought in many key battles in the Korean War, achieving the rank of sergeant.
After leaving active duty in 1954, Don attended junior college and worked in business. He was active in the community, serving with Rotary, Lions, Elks, Masons, and the American Legion. He served as the VFW Post Commander for the Saco and Auburn posts.
Don coached Little League and youth football, and volunteered with AARP and the Auburn Police Department Community Program. Don is a resident at our South Paris home.
Thank you, Raymond, Ronald, Bick and Don, for your service.
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