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Silver Stars Awarded in Hermon Ceremony 

The State of Maine Silver star is given to veterans who were either Prisoners of War or injured during a military battle.Tuesday 14 of the medals were awarded during a ceremony at Hermon High School.Students looked on as 14 veterans were given some well deserved recognition.Governor Baldacci says, “These brave americans served their country with great distinction. To you our veterans you all know too well the meaning of sacrifice and service.”Each one was either a prisoner of war, like Eleanor Willey’s husband, Private First Class Carleton Willey, taken prisoner during World War 2,”When he went over, he weighed 182 pounds, he come back less than a hundred.”or they were injured by an enemy, like Specialist Darren Ripley, who served in Iraq.”It was a roadside bomb, it happened like 20 feet away and the next thing I know, I was knocked down in the humvee.”On Tuesday, they received the state of Maine Silver Star, 800 of the medals have been awarded since it was created in 2006.It’s a way for the state to honor them for their service, and… “We also recognize the families and say thank you to them because they have suffered and sacrificed along with the veteran over the years.”This ceremony might do even more good, their stories are being told.”I think it’s just wonderful. I’m so glad because I know my husband is watching.”So were a lot of young people, who now know a few of the people who have sacrificed over the decades to ensure their freedom. “my heart really goes out to you for the work, the accomplishments and what you’ve given up. So thank you so much veterans.”Here’s a list of all those awarded the State of Maine Silver Star on Tuesday.Silver Star Honorable Service Medal – Prisoner of WarSSG Walter P. DeWitt Army POW Germany Bradford S/Sgt George T. Hodgins Army AC POW Germany BrewerS/Sgt James R. Merritt Army POW Germany Orono PFC Carleton F. Willey Army POW Germany HampdenSilver Star Honorable Service Medal (Purple Heart recipients)PVT Andrew S. Clark Army April 1951 Korea PlymouthSGT Kendrick B. Sawyer Jr. USMC 8 Dec 50 Korea BangorCT1 Richard E. Carlson Navy 6 Jun 67 USS Liberty WinterportSGT Llewellyn C. Cyr Army 18 May 69 Vietnam CarmelSP4 Richard W. Grant Army 28 Sep 67 Vietnam GlenburnGMG2 Dwight E. McIntosh Navy Feb 69 Vietnam LevantSP5 Roger G. Michaud Army 29 Jun 70 Vietnam HermonSGT Timothy D. Hendsbee Army NG 28 Jun 2004 Iraq GlenburnSPC Darren A. Ripley Army 17 Apr, 18 Jun 04 Iraq BangorThose who could make the ceremony but will be recognizedPVT Crawford W. Carter Army POW Germany EtnaPVT Roland E. French Army POW Germany Bangor PVT John B. Tivnan Army POW Germany NewburghT/Sgt William See Jr. Army AC POW Germany NewportPFC Richard F. Proulx Army 30 Jan 45 Germany HampdenSP4 Frank A. Crossman Army Jan 71 Vietnam StetsonSGT Charles B. Palmer USMC Vietnam HampdenSP4 Roger A. Stanley Army 12 Mar 1969 Vietnam LaGrangePFC Leonard W. Stratton USMC 30 Apr 65 Dominican Republic Corinna