Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 199 – Janice Reynolds and Ed Houde, children of Coast Guard light keeper Armand Houde´┐╝

Armand Houde was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1927. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Gage and took part in the Battle of Iwo Jima, receiving a WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Ribbon, and Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon with Star, and various other medals. Houde continued in the Coast Guard after World War II and served at several shore stations and on several vessels, including the Handkerchief Shoal Lightship, before coming to Portland Head Light Station in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Portland Head Light Station, Maine. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

He was at Portland Head from March 1963 to October 1965, and then served as keeper at Annisquam Light Station in Gloucester, Massachusetts, from October 1965 to November 1967. His later Coast Guard experience included more time on lightships and at stations on Cape Cod. Armand Houde retired from the Coast Guard in 1978, and he died in August 2000 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Annisquam Light Station, Massachusetts. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

In this interview, Houde’s children Janice Reynolds and Ed Houde recall their family’s time living at light stations and other aspects of their father’s career.

Ed Houde and Janice Reynolds. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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