2017-02-26 / Front Page

Calling Sanford World War II veterans, families

SANFORD — The Fallen Veterans Project is looking for photos of folks from the community who served in World War II, so the photos can be preserved forever.

More than 2,000 men and women from Sanford and from Springvale — the village within Sanford's boundaries — went off to serve their country during the second world war. Some served stateside, others in far flung locations from Europe and Africa to the South Pacific.

Joe Doiron of the Fallen Veterans Project said the collection of photos would be presented in a variety of formats to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2020.

So, those who served in any branch of the military and Merchant Marine during that time period, or their family members, who have a photo, preferably in uniform, are asked to contact him Doiron at 351-7797, jdoiron@sanford.org or jdoiron51@gmail.com.

Doiron said the Fallen Veterans Project will borrow the photo and a professional photographer will duplicate it with a high definition digital camera. He said photos may be in any condition and that group settings are fine.

“The photo will be returned to you in the same condition as you loaned it,” he said. “If it is in a frame, please leave it in the frame. If it is sealed and needs to be cleaned, we will have a professional framer do it at no charge.” 

Those without photos but know of someone who has one, or know of a family who had relatives who served in World War II, are asked to contact Doiron so he can follow up on leads.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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