RAPID RIVER - World War II veteran, John DeCramer, will be honored during a Veteran of the Month ceremony Tuesday at the Walter W. Cole American Legion Post 301 of Rapid River.
Patterned after a national program established by the American Legion, a new Veteran of the Month is honored each month in a formal service at the Legion. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m.
Born in Perkins on Feb. 23, 1913, DeCramer was the son of Florian and Virginia DeCramer. He attended school through the seventh-grade and worked with his family until he entered military service on Jan. 7, 1941, in Escanaba. Serving with the U.S. Army Infantry, 2nd Armored Division as an auto mechanic, he was stationed in Sicily, Normandy in Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes in Central Europe.
For his military service, Decramer was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, European African Middle Eastern (EAME) Service Medal with 6 Bronze Battle Stars, and the Marksman's Badge.
He was discharged from the Army with the rank of Tech 4 on Sept. 25, 1945, in Pennsylvania.
DeCramer was married to the former Sonja Passi of Stonington, and was step-father to her two children, Estelle and Janet Christianson. All preceded him in death.
During his working career, DeCramer was a saw mill operator and egg farmer and also owned and operated a gas station. He was employed as a bus driver for the Perkins School system until his retirement. When not working, he was a member of the VFW in Escanaba, American Legion and the Perkins Lions Club.
DeCramer was a resident of North Woods Assisted Living when he died on Sept. 23, 2005. He is buried in the Baldwin Township Cemetery in Perkins.