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James Lazarou

James Lazarou

United States Army
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James was the son of Greek immigrant parents, Michael and Elizabeth Bessie Lazarou. Along with James there were five siblings: George, Paul, Aristotle, Constantine and a sister Christine. After graduation James worked at Mohawk Carpet Mills and in November of 1942, James entered the military and began basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. In late 1944, on D-Day, he was sent overseas to Germany. It was during this time that that James and his brothers, all serving their country, are separated and would never see each other during the war. James was in the 4th Platoon of the Antitank Company, 274th Infantry Regiment, of the 70th Infantry Division of the United States Army. James was discharged in March 1946 with no injuries. He received the American Service Medal, European-African -Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and Presidential Unit Citation Medal. All of his brothers returned home to Amsterdam safely. In 1947 James married a classmate , Edith Zappone and enjoyed a happy marriage for 62 years. James then began a 30 year career with the US Postal Service. They raised  four children and enjoyed sharing memorable times with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren