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Letter to Editor

Response to the Editorial: In Kleisoura and Vouliarates

November 14, 2020

To Mr. Diamataris, 

This editorial of yours moved me a great deal because it reminded me of my uncle who I was named after. My uncle Christopher Ioannou Kroustalis graduated from the Law School of Athens in 1940. He served as a sergeant in the 42nd Regiment of Evzones when he died in the S1 Pedino Surgery on April 6, 1941. He is buried in the Military Cemetery of Vouliarates Argyrokastro. 

Our family had no idea where he was buried until 2002! We learned of his fate from the book by Mr. Agathoklis Panagoulias, Economist – Historian Researcher, titled ‘Osoi den Gyrisan apo to Metopo’ (Those who did not return from the front). Fortunately, his father-in-law Christos Kalivopoulos and his father-law’s father, George, principal of Vouliarates Primary School, kept the military documents for the Greek soldiers who fell in the area of their village. My father had a stroke and lost the ability to speak, but when he saw the photo of his brother on his monument he cried incessantly. I showed him on the map where his brother was in Albania and I think he found closure for the former unknown. Thanks.

Christopher Kroustalis 

Advance, NC 

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