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Biography of Valdas Adamkus

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Birthname: Valdas Adamkus


Nationality: Lithuanian

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Biography of Valdas Adamkus:

1926 - Adamkus was born to a Roman Catholic family in Kaunas on November 3, 1926.  1946 - As a young man Adamkus joined the underground against the Soviets.

During World War II, his family escaped to Germany from the Soviet occupation.  1949 - Valdas Adamkus attended the University of Munich in Germany before emigrating to the United States.

 1950 - Fluent in five languages - Lithuanian, Polish, English, Russian and German - Valdas Adamkus served as a senior non-commissioned officer with the 5th Army Reserve's military intelligence unit.  1960 - After arriving in Chicago, Valdas Adamkus also worked in an automobile factory and as a draftsman.

Adamkus graduated as a civil engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology. While a student in Illinois, Adamkus, together with other Lithuanian Americans, collected about 40,000 signatures and petitioned the United States Government to intervene in the ongoing deportations of Lithuanians to Siberia conducted by the Soviets.

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