Col. (Ret.) Joseph Wasco, Jr., age 87, of Union Bridge, Maryland, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Gettysburg Hospital in Gettysburg, PA.
Born January 18, 1923 in Trenton, N.J. he was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Dringus) Wasco, Sr. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Marie (Fazakas) Wasco on February 24, 2009.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving the United States in a life long career, spending time in Europe, the Far East, Hawaii, and throughout the United States. He served during W.W. II, Korea, and the Vietnam War. From 1963-66 he spent time in the Special Forces as a Green Beret, he also served on the Airborne Test Board at Ft. Bragg, N.C. During the Vietnam War he served with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles, commanding the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment under the call name “Wild Gypsy”, retiring in the late 1970’s as a full bird Colonel.
He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Taneytown.
Surviving are children, Marie E. Wasco of Union Bridge, MD, and Joseph Wasco, III of Hawaii, granddaughter, Marahea and a great-granddaughter Jene’.
He was the last of his immediate family. Also surviving is a devoted caregiver, Maryanne Turner.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 44 Frederick St., Taneytown with Msgr. Martin E. Feild as celebrant. There will be no public visitation. A Prayer Service will be held at 8:00 AM in Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA, followed by interment with full military honors at 8:45 AM in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA., on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine’s Nursing Center, 331 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD 21727.
Arrangements are made by Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home in Taneytown, Maryland.