Tales of Valor: Mitch's Story

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Tales of Valor
Reflections, Advice and Lessons Learned from the Veterans of Northbridge

Throughout the month of November we have collaborated to celebrate the Veterans of Northbridge and the rich history of the amazing men and women living in our communities. Their stories of bravery, dedication and sacrifice are the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.

Mitch (Resident of Carriage House at Lee's Farm)

Mitch served in the United States Maine Corp. from 1943-1946 and experienced combat in Okinawa.

Lesson Learned:

"I had to stand on my own two feet"

"The 1st night I was in boot camp the drill instructor pushed me down and I stood up and he pushed me down and I stood up and he said in so many words, ‘If I tell you to go in the corner and squat you will and you can’t call your daddy to say I am unfair.' That’s the day I learned, I have to stand on my own two feet.”

Memorable Moments:

1. “Meeting my wife for the 1st time.” – Mitch saw her for the 1st time at Glee Club when he was 16 years old and they met officially at a school dance. They were married for 69 years.

2. “God gave us 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren”

3. The heart of the family is our summer cottage in squirrel island Maine.