U.S. Army veteran Henry ;'Penny'' Hillaire, Lummi, showed the World War II medals he received in time for the Lummi Stommish Water Festival, the annual week of events honoring Lummi's veterans, held June 13 - 15 in Bellingham, Wash. Hillaire is one of eight living Lummi WWII veterans. Of 700 enrolled Lummi during that war, 104 went into military service - believed to be the greatest per capita number of any community in the United States. Three Lummi died in action; Hillaire was wounded in Le Havre, France, and witnessed the liberation of concentration camps. His son-in-law, David Jefferson, Lummi's director of veterans affairs, helped him obtain his Good Conduct medal, American Campaign medal, European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign medal, WWII Victory medal, Marksman medal, and Honorable Discharge pin.
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