South Paris Veteran of the Month - John Child

Author: MVH South Paris
Posted: May 10, 2017
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

South-Paris-VOM-JohnChild-May-2017.msg_.jpgJohn C. Child was born on May 12, 1933, in West Peru, Maine, in the River Valley Region of western Maine. He grew up with 3 sisters and 2 brothers, and graduated from Dixfield High School.

John worked at the Stowell MacGregor Mill for a couple of summers while he was in high school, and after high school he continued to work there as a supervisor until he enlisted into the Navy in January 1952.

John was on medical duty where he took care of the wounded vets and assisted the doctors, going where ever he was needed. He served on the USS O’Brien (DD-725) and one other hospital ship. “It was not the front lines, but close," John said.

John was honorably discharged in January 1956 and received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Navy Occupational Service Medal. After the service he signed up for the Navy Reserves and did that for 12 years while working at Diamond International Corp Mill where he made ice cream sticks, medical applicators, and other wooden products. John retired from Diamond International after working 42 years for them.

John was happily married for 50 years and has 13 children (6 boys & 7 girls), 27 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. After their last child left home, he and his wife bought a motor home and traveled extensively for 6 years visiting every state except Hawaii.

John was a sports nut in his younger years, playing baseball & football in high school. He enjoys NASCAR racing, and while he was out traveling the states he got to meet Dale Earnhardt, Sr.  John enjoys reading sports books and going outside.

John came to the MVH South Paris in June 2015, and resides on the Residential Care Unit.

Thank You, John, for your service to our nation!

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