#VeteranOfTheDay Adam Joseph Lahut


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Adam Joseph Lahut.

Adam was drafted into military service in March of 1941 after attending Troy public schools in New York. He attended basic training in Fort Eustis, Virginia, and received orders to Hawaii to serve in the Pacific.

Adam defended Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 with the Army’s 55th Coast Artillery. He also served in Tarawa, Gilbert Islands and Central Pacific.

After four and a half years of service, he returned to Troy, married and raised his family. He was a plant layout industrial engineer for the Watervliet Arsenal and also worked at Montgomery Ward.

Adam passed away in 2007. We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.

Graphic created by Carl J. Valentino: Carl J. Valentino is a student at the University of Delaware with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Graphic Design.


Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and currently works as the National Veterans Day Coordinator, National Veterans Outreach. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Air National Guard where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard.