30 June 2006

WWII Vet, Bataan Survivor,
Mr. Jenro Lambaiso, BMC, USN Retired
02/03 JUL 06 Virginia Beach, VA

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WWII Vet, Bataan Survivor, Mr. Jenro Lambaiso, BMC, USN Retired - 02/03 JUL 06 www.patriotguard.org/

The Patriot Guard has been requested to support a mission for Mr. Jenro Lambaiso by his son Mike Lambaiso. This will be a two part mission.

Mission: Honoring WWII Vet, Bataan Survivor, Mr. Jenro Lambaiso, BMC, USN Retired

The Road Captain is Charlie "NavyGunner8204" Warthling, email: harley4ever8204@yahoo.comAssisted by: Richard "Richman" Naylor, email: richman7@verizon.net

Part 1 - 02 JUL 06, 5:30 pm - 8 pm - PGR Corridor of Flags, for receiving family and friends at Kellum Funeral Home. Rosewood Chapel. 601 N. Witchduck Rd. Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

Staging Location will be posted shortly

Part 2 - 03 JUL 06, PGR Corridor of Flags, for services at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Following services we will escort Mr. Lambaiso, family and friends to his final resting place at Rosewood Memorial Park.

Date: 03 July 06 Time: 0930

Rally Point @ Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, 23462 Sears side for briefing. (This is on the Corner or Virginia Beach Blvd & Independence Blvd)

Time: 0950 Proceed to St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd across from Haynes Furniture Store. PGR to display Corridor of Flags. Services will begin at 1100 for family and friends. Following services we will escort Mr. Lambaiso, family and friends to his final resting place at Rosewood Memorial Park.

Jenro Lambaiso , Virginia Beach

Friday, Jun. 30, 2006
©The Virginian-Pilot

Jenro Lambaiso, 85, of West Revere Point Road, died Tuesday morning, June 27, 2006, at a Virginia Beach hospital after sustaining a severe head injury June 19, 2006. A native of Abingdon, Ill., he was born Dec. 18, 1920. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn Lambaiso; two sons, Jenro Jr. and Mike Lambaiso, both of Virginia Beach; one daughter, Lorraine Heath and her husband Frank Heath of Hertford, N.C.; four grandsons, Brody and his wife Courtney Lambaiso of Portsmouth, Ensign Brandon Lambaiso, U.S. Navy, of Oklahoma City, Carson Lambaiso of San Diego and Mitchell Lambaiso of Virginia Beach; and granddaughters, Aleigha Lambaiso of Virginia Beach and Hannah Campen of Portsmouth. He has two surviving sisters, Theresa Fryear of Indianapolis and Rose Bohrer of Atlantic City, N.J.; and two standout nieces who kept in frequent contact with him, Marlene Lambaiso, M.D., of Orlando and Darlene Patrick of Tucson; and many other nieces and nephews who live in various states throughout this country.

He was a member of the following organizations: Knights of Columbus, The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, American Ex-Prisoners of War Inc., The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Holy Family Retreat League, Disabled American Veterans, Member Fleet Reserve Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1940 and soon afterwards, was taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II, being held captive for three years and nine months. He was prisoner No. 500 of 37,000 other men and women. He endured part of the Bataan and Corridor Death March of 90 miles, and also survived being transported to captivity in the bowels of the Japanese hell ships. Many of his comrades in arms died of starvation, bayonet wounds and some by beheading. While imprisoned he worked in the coal mines and also as a dock hand. He raised birds which enabled him to supply his camp with fresh meat and eggs. After contracting malaria, he was given the job of orderly to one of the officers. He learned the Japanese language quickly and taught his captors English. After his liberation he re-enlisted in the Navy and finally contributed 20 years of active service to this country and an additional 10 years in the Naval Reserves.

Jenro's retirement from the military was simply the beginning of a business venture which started in 1960, with the opening of his first restaurant, Village Inn. He established several restaurants following his first tavern. In 1965, his POW experience would continue to haunt him when he learned that his childhood friend, James Bond Stockdale had to eject from his A-4 Skyhawk when hit by anti-aircraft fire during the Vietnamese War. He was called upon to reassure Stockdale's mother that James would survive his imprisonment. Many nights Jenro would relive his ordeal as a prisoner-of-war in his sleep with nightmares.

His Haygood Shopping Center business of Jenro's Coffee House and hard work was probably the best distraction from his memory of tortures and cruelty. His coffee house still continues to this day. His customers are the kind who is more interested in being known as his extended Italian family than they are interested in buying a cup of coffee or a quick home-cooked meal. To take a break from the restaurant business, Jenro would visit Norfolk's Waterside and became interested in the sailing vessel, The American Rover. He did spend time with this vessel as a boatswain's mate, master of rope tricks and a story teller. An ordeal with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in January of 2000 forced Jenro to take a back seat from his many activities. It was feared by his family that this cancer would be his demise. He happily surprised his doctors, family and friends when his cancer went into remission and gradually his joy and zest for life returned.

He added to his volunteer work the position of docent at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. As of June 19, 2006, Jenro was enthusiastic, happy, active, and full of ideas and advice for both family and friends. Doctors sadly reported that his accidental fall of that date would soon take his life. But, as Dr. Cooper added, "I've got to compliment him. This guy was going like gang-busters."

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for either Mass cards, donations to the rescue squad of one's choice, or to the Columban Sisters of 95 Cass St., W. Roxbury, MA 02132. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church with burial to follow at Rosewood Memorial Park. Following the service, the family invites everyone back to the home of Jenro and Evelyn Lambaiso for fellowship and refreshments. Please visit Jenro's memorial at www.mem.com.

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