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High Honors
Putnam American Legion Post  #13 Commander Ronald P. Coderre, left, was named the Connecticut Legionnaire of the Year from State Department Commander Louie Robinson. Courtesy photo.
PUTNAM — The American Legion Department of Connecticut honored Mayotte-Viens Post #13 Commander Ronald P. Coderre at its 99th Department Convention July 8, naming him as the Legionnaire of the Year.
The award, which is the highest honor accorded a Legionnaire in Connecticut, is based on the activities of the individual and the outstanding and unusual service performed by the member to the American Legion during the previous year.  The award was presented by State Department Commander Louie Robinson.
“This gentleman is the backbone of his Post.  He is intimately involved in his Post’s activities and works closely with all of his members in determining the vision of the Post.  This is a highly deserved honor,” said Robinson.
Coderre is a U.S. Air Force veteran.  He served as a radar operator on remote Aircraft Control and Warning stations from 1959 to 1965 during the Cold War and Vietnam era.  He’s been a member of the American Legion since 1983.  He assumed the position of Post commander two years ago and was recently inducted for his third year.
During his tenure the Post membership has grown from 94 to 143 members, the second largest percentage increase in American Legion 4th District.  He’s also assisted the Post in organizing a number of new activities and community projects.
This year the Post presented its first scholarship to a veteran attending Quinebaug Valley Community College in addition to presenting a scholarship to a Putnam High School student.  The Post also supported two veterans’ families over the holiday season as well as bringing gifts of clothing and toiletries to the Homeless Veterans in Jewett City.
“The award came as a total surprise.  I am most humbled to receive this prestigious honor.  Much of the credit for this selection goes to the membership of our Post, which has projected us as a viable organization in the greater Putnam community,” said Coderre.
Coderre, who is a graduate of Assumption College, was honored last year by the Department of Connecticut with the Louis E. Molinaro plaque as the most outstanding Post Commander in the state.  He was recently elected as the junior vice commander of the 4th District.  He also serves as the National liaison to Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy.
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