Forest's Story

LEVANT - Levant - Forest I. Goodwin, 92, passed away Tuesday morning May 12, 2015 at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor where he received excellent care. "Pat" was born in Corinna on April 25, 1923, the son of Jasper and Marjorie Libby Goodwin. Pat spent most of his life at his home on the Wing Rd. in Levant where he raised his family.

Pat enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 18, 1943 and volunteered to become a Ranger. He was assigned to the 3rd Ranger Battalion a.k.a. "Darby's Rangers." The 3rd Ranger Battalion was an important part of the Allied forces that fought battles in Sicily and into Southern Italy. The Darby's Rangers triumphs would be many as they advanced into enemy territory until their defeat at Cisterna, Italy. On January 30, 1944 the Rangers effort to enlarge the Anzio beachhead, by seizing the town of Cisterna, ended in disaster when two of the three Ranger battalions were attacked by German paratroopers and soldiers from the "Herman Goering Panzer Division", a tank division.

Pat was wounded for the second time and taken prisoner during this battle. He was recaptured after escaping and held as a POW in German until he escaped a second time in April, 1945. His unit was engaged in the following battles/campaigns: Africa, Sicily, Naples Fogia, and Anzio. Pat was discharged from the Army on October 15, 1945 as a highly decorated Corporal. His awards include a Presidential Citation, Silver Star, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign ribbon with four service stars, Bronze Star, a Prisoner of War Medal, a Combat Infantry Badge, an honorable service lapel button, a Good Conduct Medal, a WW2 Victory Medal, and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Pat was active in the community as a member of the Fire Department, Grange and Masons. He held positions of leadership in these organizations including being a Past Master of the Masons. Pat worked for Canteen in his younger years then went into business drilling water wells with his brother Norman. Together they drilled numerous wells in Levant and the surrounding area. Pat finished his career as a Foreman for C. J. Clewley Foundations retiring in 1982.

Pat recently received the Remember ME 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maine Health Care Association.

Pat is survived by daughter, Gloria Munn and partner, Jim, of Etowah, NC; sons, Larry and wife, Donna of McKinney, TX; David and wife, Cindy of Argyle, NY; Brent and wife, Stephanie of Bangor, daughters, Karen Gagnon, Roxane Gagnon, Marjorie Rowe and husband, Harold, all of Levant; brother, Jasper "Fuller" and sister, Florence "Babe" Goodwin Smith; 19 grandchildren including very special granddaughter Katie, 23 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Janice Hodgdon on Feb 17, 1959; his second wife Olive Robertson on June 11, 2007; a daughter Cheryl and a son Forest II; sister Dorothy Workman; brothers, Chalmers, Norman, and Jesse.

Pat, like many of his generation, helped to save and shape the world as we know it. We owe our freedom and way of life to his generation. He will be missed.

A graveside service of remembrance with military honors will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Waugh Cemetery, Levant with the Rev. Stanley Griffin, presiding. Family and friends are invited to return to 26 Gasoline Alley off the Lake Road, Levant, for a reception. Contributions in memory of Pat may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine or the WW2 Ranger Organization, Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor.
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