The “Veteran of the Month” for October 2015 is Archie Henry Griffin
Born on Aug. 10th, 1913 in Saint James (Beaver Island), Charlevoix County, Mich., their family moved to East Jordan.
Soon after, he was born where he grew up and attended school. Griffin left school after completing the 8th grade and worked many seasonal jobs in the area.
In 1932 Griffin went to work for Reid & Murdoch Canning Company in Ellsworth, Mich. serving as a double-seamer operator sealing metal containers by means of an automatic can seaming machine, placed lids in machine magazine, stopped jams, oiled and made minor adjustments to mechanisms.
On Feb. 12th, 1941 Griffin went to work at A.C. Spark Plug Division, General Motors, Flint, Mich. as a machine gun assembler putting together various parts on Browning automatic .50 caliber machine guns using electric riveting machines to fasten permanent assemblies.
On June 9th, 1942 Griffin was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Traverse City, Mich. and was assigned to Fort Benning, GA for basic training and was reassigned to Camp Blanding, FL for additional training.
On July 10th, 1943, while home on leave, Griffin married Maxine Elizabeth Stoddard, in Boyne City, Mich., who he met and worked with at A.C. Spark Plug, making their home in East Jordan.
Griffin was reassigned to Company D, 314th Infantry and on April 7th, 1944 departed the USA arriving in the European Theater of Operations on April 16th, 1944 where he participated in the Normandy Campaign.
On June 23rd, 1944 Griffin, who was a squad leader of a seven-man heavy weapons unit with a field promotion to Sergeant, was wounded by German artillery fire and woke up in an English Hospital.
Griffin was later transferred to Percy Jones General & Convalescent Hospital, Battle Creek, Mich. arriving on Sept. 1st, 1944. The doctors tried to save his right arm to no avail as his whole body was riddled with shrapnel.
On March 7th, 1945 Griffin received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: The Purple Heart Medal; The Combat Infantry Badge; The European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with One Bronze Battle Star; The WW II Victory Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
Returning home Griffin was contracted by the U.S. Postal Service and the Grand Rapids Press newspaper as a route delivery truck driver retiring after 26 years of service.
Griffin enjoyed delivering his wife’s bake goods to area customers, playing in the shuffleboard league, serving on the East Jordan City Counsel and was an active member of the American Legion Post 227.
On April 28th, 1975 Archie Henry Griffin answered the final call and is being honored by sons David and Roger.
To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 582-7811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m.
The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month at The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, Mich. at 6:15 p.m.