#VeteranOfTheDay Russell A. Lambros


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Russell A. Lambros. Russell served during World War II as a staff sergeant.

Russell joined the Army in 1941. He served in the North African and European Theaters and participated in battles in Tunisia, Sicily, Northern France, Normandy as part of the D-Day Invasion, the Ardennes and the Rhineland.

His service came to an end when he was severely injured in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge on Dec. 27, 1944. He was carried off on a stretcher and sent back to a field hospital by jeep. He was in a comma for one week.

Russell earned many awards, including Good Conduct and American Defense Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, Croix de Guerre, Fourragerre, and a Purple Heart.

After Russell left the service and recovered, he earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Florida. He worked as a pharmacist for more than 30 years. Russell passed away on June 5, 2015. He was almost 98 years old.

We honor your service, Russell.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.

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Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.