AUGUSTA  — Gov. John Baldacci has presented State of Maine Gold and Silver Star Honorable Service Medals to more than a dozen veterans and family members for their service and sacrifices dating to World War II.

During a ceremony yesterday at the State House, Gold Star medals were presented to families of veterans who died in the line of duty. Silver Star medals were given to veterans who are former prisoners of war and Purple Heart recipients.

The medals were first awarded to Maine veterans in August 2006, and more than 1,000 have been presented since that time.

All the prisoners of war attending the ceremony served during World War II. The Purple Heart recipients at the ceremony served in Vietnam, with the exception of one who served in World War II.

Gold Star Honorable Service Medal

CPL Paul M. Fecteau, Army, MIA May 10, 1942, Augusta

PVT Alfred W. Maxwell Jr., Marines, Sept. 10, 1942, Winthrop

Tec 5 James F. Shea, Army, 1944, Randolph

PVT Raymond G. Stevens, Army, Aug. 1, 1944, Freedom

Silver Star Honorable Service Medal

Purple Heart, World War II

PFC Bernard C. Drouin, Army, March 18 & May 12, 1945, Waterville

S/Sgt Gerard J. Gaboury, Army, Oct. 3, 1944, Augusta

Tec 5 George A. Quintal, Army, March 9, 1945, West Gardiner

Purple Heart, Vietnam

LCpl Clyde A. Fowler, Marines, Feb. 1969, Randolph

SP4 John T. Haines, Army, March 19, 1968, Augusta

SP4 Robert L. Harvey, Army, Feb. 14, 1968, Augusta

1Lt Richard E. Traiser, Marines, Feb. 6, 1968, Freeport

Purple Heart, Persian Gulf:

SSG Roland A. Choate Jr., Marines, Feb. 14, 1991, Farmingdale

SSG Dale A. Woodman, Army, Sept., 24, 2004, Raymond

Those who could not make today’s ceremony:

SGT Leroy L. Maheux, Army, 1968, Vietnam, Augusta

Sgt Ronald S. Dodge, Marines, Aug. 25, 1968, Vietnam, West Gardiner

MSG Samuel Newbury Jr., Army, Dec. 10, 1967 & Jan. 17, 1968, Vietnam, West Gardiner

SP4 Richard E. Sleeper, Army, July 11, 1967, Vietnam, Randolph

MAJ Richard C. West, Army, Nov. 12, 1966, Vietnam, Randolph