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At the Hospitals: Lake Sunapee VNA Honors Three Area Army Veterans

  • Ralph Rouillard, of Claremont, was honored by the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice (LSRVNA) as part of the national “We Honor Veterans” program. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Harold Whiting Sr., of Lempster, N.H., was honored by the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice (LSRVNA) as part of the national “We Honor Veterans” program. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Shirley Dodge, of Claremont, was honored by the LakeSunapee Region VNA and Hospice (LSRVNA) as part of the national “We Honor Veterans” program. (Courtesy photograph)


Friday, June 08, 2018
Lake Sunapee VNA Honors Three Area Army Veterans

New London — During May, Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice honored three local veterans of the United States Army as part of “We Honor Veterans,” a national program to recognize service members at the end of their lives.

Ralph Rouillard, of Claremont, was honored posthumously on May 22 for his service as a private first class in the Army from November 1956 through November 1958. After basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey, Rouillard was trained in Connecticut and Virginia to prepare missiles and elevators in missile silos, specializing in hydraulics and electrical function. Rouillard finished his service at the Fairfield, Conn., base that was the headquarters for the east coast anti-aircraft missiles. Rouillard passed away shortly before his recognition ceremony.

Harold Whiting Sr., of Lempster, was honored on May 24 for his service during World War II as a private first class in the 7th U.S. Army, 157th Engineers Combat Battalion, Company B from December 2, 1943 through June 6, 1946. Whiting enlisted at 18 and was deployed to Europe.

“We arrived at the Rhine River at about 5 a.m.. Our job was to build a landing for ducks (water-propelled cargo trucks). There was a tank already burning from the early morning that tried to cross but didn’t make it to the water,” he recalled.

After discharge, Whiting returned to Lempster, N.H., where he lives with his wife of 67 years, Beverly. On Memorial Day this year, a plaque was dedicated in Lempster honoring residents of the town who served in World War II, including Whiting.

Shirley Dodge, of Claremont, was honored on May 29 for her service in the Women’s Army Corps from 1962 to 1964. She entered the Army at the age of 18 and was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., where she did clerical work.

“The army made me grow up, learn discipline,” she said.

The We Honor Veterans program was developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, contact Lake Sunapee VNA and Hospice at 603-526-4077.