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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 13-19, 2019 CUMBERLAND / BUSINESS 29 CUMBERLAND – A Cumberland native who died in action during World War II will have his Medal of Honor hanging in the Cumberland Public Library, beginning this Friday, June 14. The medal belongs to Lt. Robert Waugh, who was born in Ashton on Jan. 16, 1919, and was killed in action in Italy in May of 1944, 75 years ago. "This is something we're (so) honored to have the opportunity to do," Aaron Coutu, assistant director of the Cumberland Public Library, told The Valley Breeze. "He served and gave his life for this country." A presentation of the medal and a brief ceremony will take place on June 14 at 1 p.m. at the library. The medal, which was awarded posthumously for Waugh's actions in the war, will be hung outside the Rhode Island Room. While local Boy Scout troops and Mayor Jeff Mutter have been invit- ed to attend, Coutu said, "We're not aware of any local family members to invite." Edward Morris, a Pawtucket resi- dent and veteran, had reached out to the library to ask if staff would accept the medal. Morris told The Breeze that Dave Smith, a veteran who lives in Lincoln, got the medal from the National Historic Society and want- ed to place it in the library. Morris and Smith know each other through their involvement with the Disabled American Veterans organization, he said. "This is a first," Coutu said. "We had to take it to the board (of trustees) to see what our process should be." The board voted to support the library's acceptance of the medal. Waugh had "no one to host the medal on a personal level," Coutu said, adding that they wanted to "make sure it had a home." Waugh was born to parents John and Emma Waugh, the youngest of three children, according to the Silent Heroes website, created by the nonprofit National History Day. He graduated in 1936 from Cumberland High School and the following year moved with his fam- ily to Augusta, Maine, where he and his father worked for the Edwards Manufacturing Company. In April 1938, Waugh joined the Maine National Guard, and in December 1939 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a line mechanic in Virginia and Puerto Rico and as a recruit instructor in Camp Wolters, Texas, before graduating as a sec- ond lieutenant from the Officers Candidate School in 1942. He was assigned to the 85th Infantry Division, 339th Infantry Regiment. After training in Mississippi, he left for Italy in December 1943. On April 10, 1944, during the Battle of Monte Cassino, the 339th Infantry Regiment attacked the Gustav line, and Waugh was award- ed the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor for his actions during this offensive, the website says. His citation for the Medal of Honor also mentions actions that took place from May 11 to 14. Due to a communication failure, Waugh is said to have run back and forth through the battlefield to maintain communication, the web- site reads. "His actions were so moving that it is said to have rejuvenated the men to fight on and work through their physical fatigue," it says. After overrunning German forces, the regiment marched toward Itri, Italy. On May 19, 1944, Waugh was hit by shrapnel and died from his wounds. He was posthumously promoted to First Lieutenant and received the Medal of Honor. The citation reads in part: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepid- ity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. … The fearless actions of First Lieutenant Waugh broke the Gustav Line at that point, neutral- izing 6 bunkers and 2 pillboxes and he was personally responsible for the death of 30 of the enemy and the capture of 25 others." Waugh was survived by his wife Helen, his parents, and his sib- lings John and Mildred. He's bur- ied in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. Library will display local soldier's WWII Medal of Honor By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer WAUGH IN BRIEF Eggs & Issues Breakfast June 19 LINCOLN – The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast on Wednesday, June 19, from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, featur- ing Angélica Infante-Green, Rhode Island's new education commis- sioner. The breakfast will cost $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. To register, visit https://tinyurl. com/y4ky4wxc . 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