Arnold Bain, a resident of Ashland for over 60 years, was honored by Hanscom Federal Credit Union at Wednesday’s Lowell Spinners game. Mr. Bain, who passed away in 2013, was nominated for Hanscom FCU’s Hero Among Us program by his daughter. He served in the US Army during World War II.
Photo: Arnold Bain’s family members honor him at a Lowell Spinners game.
“My father will forever be my greatest hero in life,” said Westborough resident Karen Bain-Morgado. Mr. Bain, a young private serving in Europe towards the end of the war, was witness to the aftermath of the Gardelegen massacre in April 1945. Over 1,000 prisoners burned to death inside a barn as German troops retreated across the countryside.
He did not speak of his experience until Ms. Bain-Morgado was in her thirties. “He told me how the graphic sights, smells and feel of this experience rocked him to his core and haunted him for years afterward – long after he had returned home, married and had his children. I was so moved by his courage in sharing with me this obviously painful story, that was still so graphic in his psyche nearly forty years after the fact, that I have carried the lesson of his strength and humanity from it ever since.”
Mr. Bain’s great grandson Luca threw out the first pitch, and several family members watched the game in a luxury suite sponsored by Hanscom FCU.