Live Oak resident and World War II Veteran Gardina Doucette was recently recognized for her military service by Haven Hospice Volunteer Veterans. Serving in the United States (U.S.) Army in France as a nurse, Gardina worked on the buses that transported wounded soldiers. During the war, she met her late husband, Manford, who was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was awarded the Purple Heart after having been a prisoner of war and surviving the Bataan Death March. After the war, Gardina and Manford returned to New Hampshire where she continued her career as a nurse. For many years, the couple wintered in Live Oak and eventually Gardina retired to the area.
The Haven Hospice Pinning Ceremony for veteran patients includes a veteran pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven Hospice which are all presented by volunteer veterans. The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service.