Car­ing for Vet­eran He­roes at Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home

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Harold Ger­maine, a vet­eran res­i­dent at Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home, and served in the Marines in the South Pa­cific dur­ing WWII. His troop left Camp El­liot, hiked for two days and was the first unit to oc­cupy and set­tle Camp Ped­dle­ton.

Dur­ing his ser­vice he was shot and re­ceived a Pur­ple Heart. In his ser­vice they would use tanks in Guam and there was a squad leader as­signed to es­cort each one of the tanks. This was a dan­ger­ous job be­cause the Ja­panese would hide and strap them­selves in co­conut trees so when they were shot and killed they wouldn’t fall out, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the US to de­ter­mine who was alive and who wasn’t. The Ja­panese troops would also shove steel bars into the tracks of the tanks to stop them from mov­ing and would then am­bush them.

Harold was as­signed to be a squad leader in charge of es­cort­ing these tanks. On July 27, 1944 Harold and his squad thought all of the Ja­panese in the trees had been shot and killed but they were mis­taken and all three squad lead­ers were shot in­clud­ing Harold. Harold was shot in the right knee and the bullet passed di­rectly through. He re­turned home on Novem­ber 5, 1944.

Thanks to Harold and the many other vet­eran he­roes we are hon­ored to care for at Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home we are able to live with all of the free­doms we en­joy.

Dur­ing this month of pa­tri­o­tism we deeply ap­pre­ci­ate and would like to thank all those who have served our coun­try and have given us all so much.

If you are a vet­eran, spouse of a vet­eran, a gold star par­ent or know some­one who is, come and talk to us and see how we can help serve you in all of your re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and long term care needs!

The Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home, Ar­row­head Uphol­stery, Utah Av­enue In­sur­ance and Lo­cal Ched­dar are proud to an­nounce a clas­sic car show and cruise to ben­e­fit Vet­er­ans of the Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home in Payson. The event will take place at the Vet­er­ans home and in­clude a clas­sic car show, cruise to Lin­coln Beach and back, lunch and tours of the in­cred­i­ble fa­cil­ity that cares for our he­roes. We are cur­rently search­ing for clas­sic

car own­ers, spon­sors, and vol­un­teers to help us with this event.

Clas­sic Car Own­ers: If you are will­ing to take a Vet­eran on the cruise with you, please con­tact us to­day. We would like to take as many Vet­er­ans that want to tag along as pos­si­ble. Car show en­try is free for vet­er­ans and $20 for the public. En­try in­cludes a t-shirt, dash plaque, two lunch tick­ets and swag bag.

Busi­ness Spon­sors: We are look­ing for t-shirt spon­sors ($200), car show spon­sors ($100) and prizes for the give­away. If you would like to help spon­sor the show, please con­tact us to­day. T-shirt spon­sor­ship is lim­ited and spots are go­ing fast.

Con­tact Kathy An­der­son with Lo­cal Ched­dar at (801) 609-7173 or Tony Ter­vort at (801) 465-5400 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Other great ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist all year long at The Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home. Most of the vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties are dur­ing the hours of 10 am to 8 pm to help dur­ing ac­tiv­i­tie. We also are look­ing for help dur­ing out­ings around the com­mu­nity such as shop­ping at Wal­mart, fish­ing trips to lo­cal ponds, base­ball games, or mu­seum trips. Another great ser­vice the vet­er­ans love is mu­sic vol­un­teer per­form­ers. Peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in com­ing and volunteering on a more con­sis­tent ba­sis will need to put in an ap­pli­ca­tion and re­ceive a TB test and a back­ground check be­fore meet­ing with the res­i­dents. The TB test and back­ground check can both be taken care of at the Vet­er­ans Home. Ask for ap­pli­ca­tions at the front desk. For peo­ple who are look­ing to vol­un­teer less than 10 hours a month, they need only con­tact Bree Solomon, vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor, at (801) 465–5416.

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Tony Ter­vort, Harold Ger­maine, Jeanne Wa­ters, and Ash­ley Black­ham, at the Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home in Payson.

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