2016-11-03 / Front Page

Cities lose vet; parade dedicated

By Anthony Aloisio
Staff Writer


Jake Mulligan Jake Mulligan SACO – Linwood “Jake” Mulligan, a community member of Saco and Biddeford, and a veteran of the United States Navy, died unexpectedly on Oct. 28. Mulligan was a Maine native, and served in Vietnam during his time with the Navy. Mulligan served on the Board of Directors of Biddeford’s chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).

“He brought a lot of wisdom, more than anything,” said Joseph Armstrong, VVA chapter president. “We often looked to Jake for guidance.”

“He had a great personality,” Armstrong continued, “always one of the first ones to try to lighten a situation with a joke. His void is gonna be very hard to fill.”

The Courier reported on Mulligan on June 30 when he wrote a letter to Saco Main Street objecting to the display of the American flag on the street in what he believed was an improper manner – placed below a street banner with the Saco Main Street logo on it.

Mulligan also served as District 1 Commander in Maine’s department of the American Legion. Armstrong served as the Service Officer for District 1, which meant that he and Mulligan worked together often.

“He was always there with a down to earth attitude,” Armstrong said. “He didn’t get rattled, he didn’t get flustered easily.”

Mulligan was an accountant by profession. He was the proprietor of Mulligan & Company, a Biddeford accounting business. On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, Biddeford and Saco will have a Veterans Day Parade which, according to Heart of Biddeford Executive Director Delilah Poupore, will be dedicated to Mulligan.

“Jake was extremely helpful in planning the Veterans Day and Memorial Day parades as well as other business-related events in the downtown,” wrote Poupore to the Courier. “He cared deeply for his fellow Veterans and it showed in all he did.”

The death of any Vietnam veteran is significant for the VVA because, according to Armstrong, the VVA is a “lights out” organization. This means that once all VVA members have died, the VVA will no longer exist. Another organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, is the legacy organization of VVA. It is composed of other veterans, non-veterans, family, and friends of Vietnam veterans.

Contact Staff Writer Anthony Aloisio at news@inthecourier.com.

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