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