Nicholas Daramus became the first Romanian American to be promoted to the rank of full commander in the U. At the cemetery prayers are recited and the Gospel is read. Subsequent generations generally have spoken Romanian less often, eventually switching to English as their principal language. The leadership of ULRSA with a few exceptions has traditionally held a neutral and unbiased position in American politics. Employment and Economic Traditions Because early Romanian immigrants settled in the eastern and midwestern regions of the United States, they found work in such industries as iron, rubber, and steel manufacturing, coal mining, meat packing, and automotive assembly.