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WOONSOCKET -- There can be no greater moment during war time than when parents are reunited with sons and daughters who are serving in the military.
The Picard family had such a moment in the photo above as sons Raymond and James, took a picture in front of their Jenkes Street home with their parents, Anna and Patrick.
James Picardâ€™s daughter, Linda Fontaine, sent these photos from the family scrapbook in to The Call.
Here is part of what she wrote:
â€śJames and Ray were drafted the same day. James was initially drafted a year earlier but developed pneumonia and was not accepted.
â€śBoth James and Raymond served in the Army during WW II. Ray was stationed in the Philippines and worked as a medic.
â€śJames was stationed in Okinawa (and two other islands in Japan that do not exist anymore due to the atomic bomb --- Enewetak and Bikini). and worked in anti aircraft. James (Willie Picard) served as a Firefighter in the city of Woonsocket for 38 years and currently lives at The Villa St Antoine in North Smithfield.
Raymond passed away about five years ago.
--- Linda Fontaine