2001-09-12 / Seniors

WW II Vet Turns 79

Gus Kyrkostas, shown with his wife, Julie, celebrated his 79th birthday Sept. 2 at his home in East Marion, Long island, to music performed by Acoustical Fantasy (Manny Ayvas and Paul Kipriadis), with more than 200 family and friends in attendance. Kyrkostas was a remote control gunnery instructor for the 20th Air Force in the Pacific Theater during World War II, carrying on a tradition begun by his father, Vasilios, an immigrant from Smyrna (modern-day Izmr), Turkey, who served in the United States Army during World War I. During the 1950s, Kyrkostas started a newspaper business in Queens that served the New York metropolitan area and he and his wife had four children, Billy, Elaine, Maria and Sandy. He helped to form and direct the St. Demetrios Greek-American Parochial School in Astoria and played an active role in his local AHEPA chapter; he is current president of the William Kyrkostas AHEPA Chapter 475 in Queens.

—Catherine T. Siolas

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