Itto Calo, 88, of Annapolis, died as a result of multiple cancers on June 26 at the Queen Anne's County Hospice Center. "Calo" as he was known to family and friends, was the last survivor of six children born to Italian immigrants Nicholas and Pasqualina Calo, of Everett, MA. He joined the Navy in 1944 at the close of WWII, having lied about his age to enlist. He was also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Calo first served as Seaman 1st Class aboard the battleship USS Salisbury Sound. He attended the Naval Service School in San Diego, CA, and became certified as a teletype /telegraph operator. After re-enlisting, he was assigned as First Class Radioman on the battleship USS Arkansas, and subsequently served on the aircraft carriers USS Floyds Bay, USS Randolf, and USS Forrestal. In addition, he was part of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion. During his active duty, Calo was decorated with many honors, including a WWII Victory Medal, an American Campaign Medal, a European African Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, an Asiatic/China Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze star, a Korean Service Medal, as well as a National Defense Service Medal. After a total of five re-enlistments, Calo had received six Good Conduct Medals and six Navy Discharge Certificates for Honorable and Faithful Service. During his service, he was stationed both at the Naval Communication Center at Cheltenham, and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, where he served as a cryptographer. After his final retirement in 1975, Mr. Calo was hired by the Naval Academy and worked for the next ten years, first as a police officer and finally as Deputy Chief. Calo was also given two additional awards. The first for 25 years of Federal service. The second was given during a ceremony at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium, at which time he was given a certificate for 40 years of service to the Navy. A seat at the stadium now bears a brass plaque with his name and rank in honor of his willingness and ability to serve his country. During all of his Navy service, Calo never learned to swim. Mr. Calo had lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Les, until he moved to an assisted living home, where he enjoyed listening to Dean Martin, and playing with his dog, Sam. He is survived by his daughter, Carol, and son-in-law, Les Davis, of Marydel; grandson, T.J. Freeman of Salisbury; granddaughter, Pam Freeman; and great-granddaughter, Khloe Kerchner, both of Centreville. Calo was interred in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville with full military honors, and is interred next to his wife of 49 years, Audrey.
Published in The Capital on July 10, 2014