Paul LaMont, an 82-year-old Navy veteran, was recently awarded the Atomic Veterans Commemorative Service Medal for his service on the USS Preston during Project Dominic, a series of nuclear tests conducted by the United States in the 1960s. His son, Craig, spoke at the ceremony and shared that Paul had been sworn to secrecy about his involvement in the project and had never spoken about it to anyone, including his family.
Craig described his father as a man of service who had held several positions in law enforcement and emergency services after his six years in the Navy. He even welcomed people into his home who needed a place to stay, including students and those recently released from jail. Craig said that his father taught him and his siblings to serve others as well.
Despite the honor that Paul received at the ceremony, he has suffered greatly from the effects of radiation exposure during the nuclear tests. He has battled cancer and lost his wife and best friend to the disease. But through it all, Craig says that his father never complains and always remains positive.
Paul was recognized by several individuals, including Phil Redlinger, founder of the Cache Valley Veterans Association and a good friend to Paul. The award was presented by Congressman Blake Moore.
It’s clear that Paul lived up to the honor code that he learned in the military, which includes putting service above self. He risked his life to serve his country and continued to serve others throughout his life. It’s an example that we can all strive to follow in our own lives.
Paul’s life and actions serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of living up to an honorable code of conduct. He demonstrated remarkable bravery and compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity, and his commitment to doing what was right, even when it was difficult, is an inspiration to us all.
To follow in Paul’s footsteps, we can start by reflecting on our own values and principles, and striving to live by them every day. We can also look for opportunities to stand up for what we believe in, even in the face of opposition or adversity. Whether it’s speaking out against injustice, helping those in need, or simply treating others with kindness and respect, we can all make a difference in our own way.
Ultimately, Paul’s legacy serves as a powerful reminder that each of us has the ability to make a positive impact on the world around us, and that by living a life of integrity and honor, we can leave a lasting legacy of our own.
As I shook Paul’s hand, I told him the veterans of today will not forget his service. That’s the honorable thing to do.
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Have a beautiful Monday! I love you, friends!
p.s. Take 13 minutes today to focus on what it means to live an honorable life.
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