"I came right back to where I was born," he said. "I had to go up to the GI hospital in Pittsburgh to get my nose fixed from where it had been broken, and while I was in there he said he'd go ahead and take my tonsils out. He left a bandage in there, and I started choking. They had to pull it out."
Before he was drafted, Lambruno had worked at a coal tipple in Douglas, but that job was finished when he returned.
"They asked if I wanted to go in the deep mines and get paid by the amount of coal I dug," he said. "You had to walk on your knees, and I kept standing up and banging my head. I did it for two days.
"The third day I didn't go to work. I told the superintendent Lincoln freed the slaves and I'm no slave. He gave me a job back on the outside."
Lambruno spent 47 years married to Alma Lambruno, who died in 2007. He worked in the county's coal mines, relishing in the hard work that was a tradition for not only his family but his generation.
Legendary television broadcaster Tom Brokaw termed Lambruno and his peers the "Greatest Generation" because of their youth in the Great Depression, battles in World War II and building of a nation upon their return.
"I believe that," Lambruno said when asked about the term. "It makes you feel good. It makes you feel like you did something."
He said he doesn't talk about those events of 70-plus years ago very often.
"In the last 20 or 30 years, none," he said. "There's nobody to talk to about it. During the war they took a lot of young people out of these towns. I got a letter and went with a busload out of Parsons. They took us to Ohio for our physicals, then we came back and waited for the call."
Lambruno said he truly enjoys living at Cortland Acres, where he moved two years ago.
"They have really good girls who work here," he said. "The staff is good. My sister died here at 106. My mother was 100. Now Tony's in here, and I don't know for how long."