102-Year-Old World War II Veteran Honored by NY Senators with Proclamation

by Keeli Parkey

A World War II veteran was recently honored for his service by officials from his home state. This veteran is 102 years old and has lived an impressive life indeed.

According to QNS, this American hero is New York resident James Lisa. He resides in Fresh Meadows, Queens. He celebrated his 102nd birthday on Aug. 25. This veteran was born in 1919 in Corona. His father was James Lisa. His mother was Inez Roman Lisa.

In honor of his special day, Lisa was presented a proclamation from the New York State Senate on Sept. 3. The proclamation was also shared in observance of Senior Month. Presenting this honor to the veteran were New York State Senator John Liu and State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky.

“Mr. Lisa has witnessed and celebrated the innovations, cultural developments and awesome achievements of this country during the last century, while himself contributing to the growth and excellence of this great Empire State,” the senators said, according to Queens Gazette.

Veteran James Lisa Was Injured During His World War II Service, Went On to Work with USPS

During World War II, James Lisa served in the United States Army. He was part of the 31st Infantry Division and trained before the war at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and also in Mississippi. Lisa was drafted into the military when he was only in his early 20s.

His service to his country sent Lisa to New Guinea and the Pacific. He was hit by shrapnel and injured during his service. The injury took place while he was repairing communications lines and an attack took place.

This veteran’s military service came to an end with his discharge in 1946. Based on his service, James Lisa was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

After his military service came to an end, Lisa began his career with the United States Postal Service. He began as a mail carrier and later advanced to director of customer service. Lisa worked for the USPS for 30 years. He retired in 1979.

Lisa and his wife, Amelia, were married in 1950. They had three daughters and five grandchildren together. Their daughters are Annmarie Kern, Inez Regan, and Janet Lisa. James and Amelia were married for more than 65 years before her death. Regan was in attendance when her father received the proclamation earlier this month.

Following his retirement from the USPS, this veteran didn’t just put his feet up and relax. He decided to stay busy with a job as a tax preparer. He worked for both H&R Block and Tetron Carls Tax Group. This work experience inspired Lisa to begin his own tax preparation company, which he did. Helping others with their taxes is something he still does for a “select few.”