SALAMANCA - Col. John "Jack" Caruso, 82, of Salamanca died early Friday morning (Oct. 25, 2013) at the Bradford Manor, Bradford, Pa.
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Born July 14, 1931, in Salamanca, he was a son of the late Joseph and Catherine Quattrone Caruso. He was married in St. Bonaventure Chapel on June 25, 1955, to the former Alice Bishop, who survives.
He was valedictorian of his Salamanca High School class, he earned his bachelor's of science degree from St. Bonaventure University and earned his master's degree from Penn State University.
Col. Caruso was commissioned as a field artillery second lieutenant in 1953, serving with 135th Field Artillery, 37th Infantry Division. He earned his jump wings in March 1954, and held numerous positions in the 82nd Airborne Division's 456th Field Artillery. In June 1957, he was assigned to the Nuclear Weapons Employment Division where he served as an instructor for two years. He also served as a Green Beret and later as an adviser to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
He eventually became an instructor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Department of Resource Management and later served as the dean of students and administration/deputy commandant, retiring from active duty July 31, 1983.
He was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (three awards), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm and two Overseas Service Bars.
After his retirement from the service, he had worked as the administrative chief for Bechtel Corporation in Gaithersburg, Md., and Palm Beach, Fla.
He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, and a former member of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post 535.
Surviving, besides his wife, are a daughter, Teresa Evans of Salamanca; two sons, Michael Caruso of Amherst and John Caruso of Corvallis, Ore.; a granddaughter, Ashley Evans of Kenmore; a brother, Daniel (Nancy) Caruso of Gouveneur; and several nieces and nephews.
Col. Caruso was predeceased by two brothers, Vincent Caruso and Joseph Caruso; and a sister, Nancy Caruso.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2013) at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, followed by a prayer service at the funeral home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Peace Parish. The Rev. Patrick Melfi, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca.
Full military honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post 535, and Veterans of Foreign Wars John Ahrens Post 5296.
E-condolence may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to www.facebook.com/onofh.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Oct. 26, 2013
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