Veteran Marine, Mainer to Meet Obama

Leroy Peasey, an 87 year old resident of Rockland, Maine who served in the Pacific theater during WWII, was wounded in action on Guam, and waited on reserve during the invasion of Iwo Jima, has been invited to lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the President’s visit to Portland, Maine, this week.

The pacific island of Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima

Mr. Peasey has rather amazing history with American presidents. He was part of the Marine Guard for President Roosevelt at Camp David, during FDR’s administration. Mr. Peasey was an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, as evidenced by this yard sign posted a few years ago.

Mr. Peasey unabashedly admires President Obama, and according to this article by Daniel Dunkle in The Herald Gazette, Mr. Peasey is quoted as saying, “I’d follow him to hell and back as a Marine.”

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