Lampros Kakitsis was born on the island of Chios, Greece, in 1941. After finishing school, he joined the Greek navy, and quickly became an officer. While out at sea near the coast of Virginia, USA, he received a call from his father. There was a civil war starting, and he shouldn’t come home. At the next port stop, Lampros deserted his post to escape the coming hardships.
After illegally living two years on American soil, Lampros presented himself to the US government in order to become a citizen. He was sent to the Dominican Republic until papers could be filed for his return. In the accompanying picture, Lampros holds his native flag pointing to his birthplace in Greece.