Harry H. Stassinos was born in Rock Springs WY on October 22, 1929. He had one sister Helen, and parents James and Angelica Lamatis Stassinos. His parents came from Greece to call Rock Springs their home. They lived a few places in town, but then bought and moved out north where they worked and lived as many people know "The Stassinos Ranch".
He attended schools in Rock Springs and that is where he fell for his first love, RUNNING! He received his first award in 1943 for track and he never looked back. That began the amazing journey of his track career, from then on all he wanted to do was run and break records, and that he did! He started as a freshman sprinter on the RSHS track team where he broke the existing state track record in the 440 yard dash, that was held for 2 years, with the time of 52 seconds for a new state record. He continued to take state in the 440 but for some reason could not break his own time. He graduated with the RSHS class of 1948, where he was proud to be called a Tiger. He went on to run track for Hinds Junior College in Raymond Mississippi. His relay team at Hinds broke multiple records in the mile relay with 3:28 shattered the university record by 17 seconds, and the sprint medley with the time of 3:40 broke the Southern relay record. In April of 1950 he set another record in the 440 yard dash at Mississippi with the time of .49 seconds, they called him the "Wyoming Whirlwind". He graduated Mississippi and was going to continue his track career and run for the University of Wyoming. He didn't get that chance, as he was called to duty as a Marine, to fight the Korean War in June of 1951.
On September 22, 1952 he was taking out land mines with two other Marine demolition specialists, when his platoon leader stepped on a land mine that blew off his left leg and partially his right. Harry then began clearing a safe path for the medics when another mine went up under him, blowing off his right leg from the knee down and a double compound fracture on his left leg. He somehow still managed to help his platoon leader to safety. In June of 1952 he received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic achievement.
He later married his love of his life, Evelyn Marie Asay on September 22, 1953. They were married for 43 years, and together raised 10 children who all still live in Rock Springs. We have a huge Greek family and are all proud to be Tigers.
We could not be more proud of our dad Harry Stassinos for all of his accomplishments he had in his life. He NEVER gave up, he NEVER gave in and NEVER once did you hear him complain. He and my mom raised all of us kids with discipline, respect and love. He died May 3rd, 1996, just six months after our mom passed. I hope my Dad, Mom, brother Chris, sister Debbie, nephew Chris, and brothers Johnny and Jimmy are here in spirit to be a part of this huge honor. They would all be so proud.
We know now who we get "STASSINOS STRONG" from.