Salamanca - Colonel John "Jack" Caruso, 82, of Salamanca, died early Friday morning (October 25, 2013), at the Bradford Manor in Bradford, Pa.
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Born July 14, 1931, in Salamanca, he was the 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 of Science Degree from St. Bonaventure University, and earned his Masters Degree from Penn State University.
Col. Caruso was commissioned as a Field Artillery Second Lieutenant in 1953, serving with the 135th Field Artillery, 37th Infantry Division. He earned his jump wings in March of 1954 and held numerous positions in the 82nd Airborne Division's 456 Field Artillery. In June of 1957, he was assigned to the Nuclear Weapons Employment Division where he had served as an instructor for two years. He also served as a Green Beret and later as an adviser to the South Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam Conflict. 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 on 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 1 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: one daughter, Teresa Evans, of Salamanca; two sons, Michael Caruso, of Amherst, and John Caruso, of Corvallis, Ore.; one granddaughter, Ashley Evans, of Kenmore; one brother, Daniel (Nancy) Caruso, of Gouverneur; and several nieces and nephews.
Col. Caruso was predeceased by two brothers, Vincent Caruso and Joseph Caruso; and a sister, Nancy Caruso.
Friends called at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, N.Y. on Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2013), from 10-11 a.m. when a prayer service was held, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Peace Parish, with Rev. Patrick Melfi, Pastor, as celebrant.
Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca, N.Y.
Full Military Honors were conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post 535 and Veterans of Foreign Wars John Ahrens Post 5296.
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Published in The Salamanca Press from Oct. 31 to Nov. 29, 2013