Morin honored as Vet of the Month

RAPID RIVER – Raymond L. Morin will be honored during a Veteran of the Month ceremony Tuesday at the Walter W. Cole American Legion Post 301 of Rapid River.

Patterned after a national program established by the American Legion, a new Veteran of the Month is honored each month in a formal service at the Legion. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Born in Escanaba on March 8, 1924, Morin was the son of Nels and Flora Morin. He attended high school and graduated in June 1943. Two months later, on Aug. 2, 1943, Morin enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a warehouse foreman for Headquarters Company 17th Major Port, supervising the work of 80 men in checking and storing incoming supplies and in the handling and loading of outgoing supplies. He also supervised the repair and maintenance of machinery used in the warehouse.

Operating with limited personnel and under adverse conditions, Morin’s unit completed many difficult tasks efficiently and expeditiously. In a commendation issued by Major General John Magruder, the officer stated that Morin’s devotion to duty, along with his unit, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.

The veteran served overseas from Jan. 12, 1944, until March 22, 1946. He was discharged from the Army on April 1, 1946, at Camp McCoy, Wis., with the rank of Tech 4.

For his military service, Morin was awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque, Good Conduct Medal and Rhinelander European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal.

Upon his return to the local area, Morin worked as a grocer for Ray’s Food Market for 40 years until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Walter W. Cole American Legion Post 301 of Rapid River, Rapid River Fire Department, Holy Name Society, and Knights of Columbus.

Morin married the former Naomi Flynn of Escanaba on July 20, 1948, at St. George Church in Bark River. The couple are the parents of two sons, William and Dale, and a daughter, Michele, who died in 2000.

The veteran died on March 20, 2010, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. He is buried in the Bark River Cemetery.