Mr. Jenro Lambaiso, BMC, USN Retired
02/03 JUL 06
Virginia Beach, VA
WWII Vet, Bataan Survivor, Mr. Jenro Lambaiso, BMC,
USN Retired - 02/03 JUL 06
The Patriot Guard has been requested to support a
mission for Mr. Jenro Lambaiso by his son Mike Lambaiso. This will be a two
Mission: Honoring WWII Vet, Bataan Survivor, Mr.
Jenro Lambaiso, BMC, USN Retired
The Road Captain is Charlie "NavyGunner8204"
Warthling, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAssisted
by: Richard "Richman" Naylor, email: email@example.com
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
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
(as in Attila, not as in sweetie)