“Journeys with a Gratiot Cemetarian” 2.1: Roy S. Lamey, WWII Veteran, Brady Cemetery

Roy S. Lamey was born March 2, 1921 to Thomas and Lydia Lamey in North Star Township. One of nine children, Lamey’s parents were farmers and records show that they operated a 130 acre farm in 1927. In early June, 1942 Roy was one of 45 men who were drafted that month. They became part of 76 from Gratiot County at this time who went to Detroit by bus to take their examinations. For one of the first instances since war was declared after Pearl Harbor, there was no ceremony for this group of Gratiot men. All of them received a dinner at the George W. Myers American Legion Post before they left. Also, the Alma Chamber of Commerce provided the men with treats for their trip. Roy’s draft number for Gratiot County was #10178. Roy Lamey eventually became a staff sergeant and served in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. He was honorably discharged on October 22, 1945. On October 4, 1945 he married his wife, Dorothy, and together they raised 4 children in North Star Township. Roy farmed there all of his life. He passed away on December 28, 1995. Roy S. Lamey is one many Gratiot County men who served their county, state and nation during time of war. He rests in Brady Cemetery in North Star Township.

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