Maggio, Sr., Colonel Christopher S.
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Colonel Christopher S. Maggio, Sr. The unforgettable words of General MacArthur so eloquently spoken at his West Point retirement, "Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away" aptly apply to Colonel Christopher S. Maggio, who lay down to sleep on his 93rd birthday, April 26, 2013, and simply faded away. A graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Colonel Maggio departed for wartime operations in the Pacific in 1943 as a 2nd Lt., U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. He participated in the invasion of the Kwajalein Atoll, the retaking of the Philippine Islands and Okinawa with the 10th U.S. Army. Upon his return to the United States and civilian life, he was employed by the Westinghouse Corporation in management until accepting a regular Army commission in 1949. Subsequently, he served in Germany, Korea and Vietnam. His last Army post was as commanding officer of Watervliet Arsenal, a manufacturing facility employing over 3,000 civilians in the making of large artillery cannons located near Albany, NY. Colonel Maggio graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Army War College. In 1955-56, he graduated with an MBA from Syracuse University. Military decorations include the Presidential Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic=Pacific Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the General Staff Badge. After retirement from Army life in September 1973 in the grade of full Colonel, he joined the staff of the international division of Pfizer, Inc. He moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil for two years in the position of Director of International Distribution Services, then on to Florida and New York until his retirement in September 1991. He enjoyed living in Shippan Point, Stamford, CT, where he soon became President of the Senior Men's Association of Stamford. He accepted former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy's request to work on the Water Pollution Control Authority, was an active member of the Stamford Yacht Club, the Gourmet Club and Star of the Sea parish. He particularly enjoyed playing tennis and his beloved accordion. Colonel Maggio was born in Buffalo, NY. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Brennan Maggio, son Christopher Maggio, Jr. (who served as an Army Armor Major in Germany then in Desert Shield and Desert Storm - Iraq), daughter-in-law Eva Maggio, Grandson Christopher Maggio III, four sisters in Buffalo, NY and a brother in Phoenix, AZ. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Shippan Point, Stamford, CT. Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a later date to be determined.
Published in StamfordAdvocate on May 12, 2013