Veteran: Milton Pappas
Artist / Writer: Phil Ciminelli


Birth Date: May 8, 1915
Deceased: April 21, 1996

Uncle Milton was a strong, silent and extremely proud Gung Ho Marine, yet never revealed the horrors of war.

He trained at both Camp Legune and Paris Island and served in the 5th Marine Division.

Before leaving for Iwo Jima my Aunt Ruth had the opportunity to visit Uncle Milton at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was assigned to the Pacific and fought in the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. 

While in military service, Milton Pappas advanced from Private First Class to Corporal then Sergeant.

He remained in the active military reserve, and was called up for service again during the Korean conflict as a drill instructor, training the new Marines in the Martial Arts. The young guys called him POPS because he was over 35 years old. 

After he was discharged, he returned to the lower east side of Manhattan and worked for the United States Postal Service until his retirement.

Uncle Milton was a loving husband to Aunt Ruth ("Thea Ruthie") and a great father, brother and uncle.

Uncle Milton was happiest when he was with his family, especially during vacations. He was a great ballroom dancer. He opened a social club called the "Dance Club," where he taught his friends how to dance.

He would constantly look in his dictionary and encyclopedia to learn new things.

I remember as a child the happy summer days spent going on the subway to the Washington Bath's in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and later I was able to wear his Green Marine Jacket.

The painting is in loving memory of Uncle Milton and all those who served in our military services.