Sen. Witkos & Sen. Kissel Applaud Ernest Adelard Maynard, Enfield Man Named the April 2016 Veteran of the Month

April 5, 2016
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Enfield – Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) named Ernest Adelard Maynard of Enfield the “Veteran of the Month” this April. Every month, Sen. Witkos recognizes a Connecticut veteran for their service with a special citation and video interview to share their stories of service. This month’s honoree served the United States Army in World War II, the Cold War and the Korean War. Following his military service, Maynard continued to serve the greater Enfield community as Fire Commissioner and as a volunteer for many local organizations.

“Ernie Maynard is a leader in every sense of the word,” said Senator Kevin Witkos. “After serving in WWII, he chose to return to the Army to serve our country again. And after surviving these wars, he never stopped serving. Ernie has been an integral member of his local community for decades, giving of himself to help others. This month we honor Ernie for his dedication to our nation, our state, and his local community.”

“Ernie Maynard is a model of patriotism,” said Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield), who represents the town of Enfield and joined Witkos in applauding Maynard this month. “He heard the call of his country in its time of need and enlisted when he was just 19 years old. His service didn’t stop when he left the Army after two wars. He still volunteers his time on behalf of his neighbors in Enfield. Ernie is a great guy and thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

Maynard was born in the Scitico section of Enfield. He enlisted in the army and began his service at the age of 19. He was tasked as a communications and radio wireman and worked the telephone switchboard. He would lay wires and phones and instruct fellow servicemen on how to use their communications tools. Eventually, he was transferred upon request and became a Mess Sergeant.

After serving as Mess Sergeant during WWII, he ended up staying in Europe during the Cold War to help with building by building searches for US armament, papers, uniforms, and gear that might have fallen into the wrong hands.

Following his time in service in Europe, Maynard returned home to begin a career as a carpenter. He worked for a company building tobacco sheds where he would walk across a 2×10 50 feet in the air. He decided that he didn’t want to do that work for the rest of his life, and eventually returned to service after applying for reserve school at Aberdeen Proving Ground, which led to him getting called back for the Korean War.

Throughout his military career, Maynard served in the European Theater of Operations, France; Battle of the Bulge, Luxemburg and Central Germany; and in South Korea from Pusan to Wonju. He also served in the following divisions: 734th Field Artillary A Battery 3rd Army, 92nd Armored Field Artillary 2nd Armored Division, 38th Ordinance Medium Maintenance Company 8th Army.

In recognition of his service, Maynard was awarded many decorations including a Good Conduct Medal with two knots, the American Campaign Medal, ETO (European Theater of Operations) with four (4) battle stars,World War II Victory Medal, Korean War Service Medal with three (3) battle stars, Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, WWII NCO Association Remembrance Medal for WWII Duty, and an Appreciation Certificate from US Government for Cold War Duty.

After service, Maynard worked for Monsanto Company for 32 years before retiring in 1986.

At the same time he served as an active member of the Hazardville Fire Department He was honored with the Savitt Fireman Unsung Hero’s Award by the State Fire Director in Hartford at the Bond Hotel in both 1957 and 1958 as Fireman of the Year. He retired from the fire department as Fire Commissioner in 1986.

At the age of 92, Maynard continues to volunteer at the Enfield Senior Center and the Enfield Adult Day Care Center. In the past he worked with the Abused Women’s Program and is a member of the Enfield Historical Society. He volunteers each fall with Community Health Services as needed during the flu shot season and is a past member of the Enfield Commission on Aging. Maynard was also the Institutional Representative for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 93 out of Hazardville Fire Department. He is a charter member of the Holy Name Society at St. Bernard’s Church in Hazardville and was a Minister of Hospitality at St Bernard’s.

Maynard lost his wife Jacqueline Giguere on Nov 25, 2014 after caring for her during an illness. Together they had two sons: Wayne Francis and Martin Allan, both of whom are now married. Maynard also has three grandchildren: Shaun, Amy and Kevin.

Maynard’s full story and a video interview can be found on senatorwitkos.com and at the following direct link: http://ctsenrepublic.wpengine.com/2016/04/veteran-of-the-month-ernest-adelard-maynard/.

Senator Witkos’ “Veteran of the Month” program features the stories of local veterans each month through text and video. Each story highlights the veteran’s unique experiences and acts of service. To nominate a local veteran to be a “Veteran of the Month” please contact Christopher F. Diorio at the CT Senate Republican Office by calling (860) 240-8801 or emailing [email protected]

Photo attached: Sen. Witkos presents the April 2016 Veteran of the Month award to Ernie Maynard. More photos available on Sen. Witkos’ website.

Video interview available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDut2nsqns8) & Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/channels/660589).