Mr. Stanley Sabens, 83, of Barre, enlisted in the Army in 1943 and was discharged in 1945, two months after the Japanese surrender ended the global conflict that was the deadliest in human history.
He had fought in southern France and the Rhineland campaign on the Franco-Italian border with the 1st Special Service Force, the renowned joint American-Canadian commando unit known as the Devil’s Brigade. Senator Sanders helped secure replacements for medals he earned, including the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, a World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button and Sharpshooter Badge with Carbine Bar and a Rifle Bar.
Mr. Sabens is a Vermont institution in another way. He and his wife Minnie opened the Knoll Motel in Barre in 1950, the first motel in Vermont. Senator Leahy recognized the Knoll Motel in the Congressional Record in 2001 in honor of the motel’s 50th Anniversary.