Thursday, June 30, 2016

PVT Aram Menzigian

courtesy of Dominique Potier
PVT Aram Menzigian was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on 27 Jul 1924. He was the 2nd of 3 sons born to Manoog and Alta Yeraney (Angley) Menzigian. His father was an Armenian native of Turkey who had immigrated in 1909 at the time of the Turkish massacres of Armenians. The depression was tough on the family. In 1930 his father ran a candy shop and they had a  home valued at $2500. By 1940 his father was working as a barber and they rented their home for $25 a month but his father only reported a 1939 income of $624. Aram did not have the opportunity to attend high school.

At the time he was drafted in March 1943, Aram was working as a waiter. After his initial training he was sent to England and assigned to G Company 116th Infantry. He trained for and participated in the D-Day amphibious landings of 6 Jun 1944 at Omaha Beach in Normandy. He fought with the unit until killed in action on 30 Jun 1944.

PVT Menzigian rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.

Aram's old brother, Paul Menzigian, served in the U.S. Army from February 1943 to January 1946.

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