LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons welcomed World War II veteran Gene Paulino of Mecosta County to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan’s fallen soldiers. Paulino was joined by his wife Marion and one of his seven daughters.
“We owe a great debt to the brave patriots who answered the nation’s call to defend our liberty. We enjoy the blessings of freedom today due to the selfless courage of America’s servicemen and women, many of whom protected our lives at the cost of their own,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “I was proud to have Gene Paulino as my guest for the Senate’s solemn ceremony as we remember the soldiers who died in the defense of freedom and make sure the legacy of their sacrifice and service is never taken for granted or forgotten.”
Paulino entered the U.S. Army at age 17 and received a purple heart and other service medals for his bravery. Among his numerous service assignments, he helped to free several young women and babies who were being held in a house in France used by the German leadership.
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