Marchand named Memorial Day parade grand marshal
Marchand, 93, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1945. One of the Navy's "Tin Can Sailors," Marchand was a 3rd class petty officer, torpedo machinist aboard the destroyer USS Bailey (DD-492). He came aboard the Bailey in November 1943 when the ship had gone in to repair damage caused by three direct hits by 8-inch guns.
Marchand was stationed in Pearl Harbor and was active on the Bailey during the strafing attack of October 1, 1944, in which 9 men were killed and 16 wounded, and the ship was extensively damaged. Marchand was authorized to wear the nine service stars on the Bailey's Asiatic-Pacific campaign ribbon, yet insists, "I'm not a hero."
He participated in a Military Veteran's Honor Flight and was a recipient of a Quilt of Honor for his wartime service. Marchand is a member of American Legion Post 13 in Bennington. He has two sons, Ray and Steven, and a daughter, Debbie.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on May 28. There is still time to enter this year's parade. Contact Kevin O'Malley at 518-894-5035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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