Sandy Peterson, Captain, USA

Sandy began his military career by attending the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. He enlisted in the Army in 1965, and was stationed at Fort Eustis in Newport News, VA. He became a CWO, Master of Army Vessels and Chief of Navigational Instruction. He served in Vietnam from 1967-68, participating in many operations with both the Army and the Navy, highlighted by (1) the TET Offensive in Hue, RVN and (2) removal of Marines from I Corps to be replaced by the Americal Division. His home port in Vietnam was the 329 Transportation Company (Heavy Boat). Upon his honorable discharge in February 1970, he became a Master of Ships and spent 20 years as Master Mariner in the Merchant Marines. He also spent 10 years at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough, working as the VA Liaison between the patients and the Veterans Administration. Sandy retired in 2008, but has remained active in many local organizations, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Unity Lodge #3 and the Biddeford Harbor Commission. He is a life member of VFW Deering Memorial Post #6859 in Portland, ME., and recently became a Gold Legacy Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.