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Islanders in the Service: George Green, Jr. (1926-1984), Navy

George Green, Jr. was born in New York but moved to Monhegan as a very young child. His father was a carpenter on the island and George attended the Monhegan School.

In 1940, George Green, Jr. was 15 years old, living on Monhegan with his widowed mother, Elizabeth “Bess” Green and his 10 year old brother, Walter.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 but had to get permission from his mother as he was only 17 years old and still in high school.
George was a Motor Machinist Mate, 1st Class. The role of a Machinist Mate is to operate, maintain and repair all of the machinery on board from the ship’s propulsion machinery to the laundry equipment with the core job being the engine room. George received an honorable discharge. The gold insignia is an honorable discharge badge.


George Green in uniform. Photograph
courtesy of Janice Green

High school photograph of George Green.
Courtesy of Janice Green Miller

“Ruptured Duck” Honorable service lapel patch
indicated that a soldier had done their duty
and been discharged during WWII

Carolyn Collins & George Green standing on
the bow of a boat, 1941. Inn Crowd Album,
courtesy of Ruth Grant Faller