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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