When Ernest Maynard first put on his olive drab Army uniform some 74 years ago, he expected nothing in return, he said.
On Monday, wearing that same uniform, Maynard was given the Belgian Fourragere for his service with the 92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion with the 2nd United States Armored Division.
A commitment to volunteering instilled by his father drove the 92-year-old World War II veteran, he said.
When speaking of volunteering through his life, well beyond his time in the military, Maynard said: “I never expected anything and never wanted anything.”
Flanked by generations of veterans, members of the military community, and dozens from Enfield, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney presented Maynard with the honor.
“Getting the opportunity to talk to Sgt. Maynard a few minutes ago really puts another face on the ‘Greatest Generation,’ ” Connolly said. ” … He …