Rivero died Sunday at his home in Coronado, Calif. A fourth star was pinned on Rivero's shoulder board in , making him the first Latino to reach that rank. The first Latino admiral in the U. Navy was David G. Farragut, who uttered the immortal line, "Damn the torpedoes!
Growing up surrounded by water in his native Puerto Rico, Rivero always longed to go into the Navy. He won an appointment to the U. Naval Academy in Graduating in , third in his class of , Rivero became a specialist in ordnance engineering and, later, nuclear weapons. By the time of the Cuban missile crisis in October , he was commander of amphibious forces for the Atlantic Fleet. As a nuclear weapons expert, Rivero was privy to the Manhattan Project. After the war, he worked on atomic bomb tests on the Pacific islands of Bikini and Eniwetok.
From to , Rivero was vice chief of naval operations, the Navy's second-ranking post. He was later appointed U. In retirement, Rivero served as an adviser to the chief of naval operations, the Naval Academy, and the Naval War College. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of Josephine Czar Carreras. He was a logistics coordinator at the Lehigh Valley Postal Service facility before retiring in Wife; sons, Steven of Florence, S.
Wednesday in the church. Willie Salazar served in the U. Army for two years. He was employed at Alamo Heights High School for over10 years where he retired. He was a devoted husband and very supportive father, he always was there to lend a helping hand to those in need.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Romanita G. Salazar; children, Willie Salazar Jr. Markovic and Lina Salazar; 22 Grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; eight daughters-in-law and one son-in-law; aunt, Carmen Robledo.
A Rosary will be recited Friday, 7: Procession will depart Saturday, Interment will follow in San Fernando Cemetery No. Petersburg, formerly of Tampa, died Friday Oct. He came here 67 years ago from his native Tampa. He was a graduate of St. He sponsored numerous Little League baseball teams and enjoyed camping with his family. He was an electronics instructor at Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute beginning in the mids, retiring in He and his wife received the award for Volunteers of from the association.
He was a delegate to the state and national conventions of the National Education Association for more than 20 years.
He was a model train hobbyist. He was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; three sons, Richard, St.
Petersburg; a sister, Elsie May, Palm Harbor; and six grandchildren. Mercado, Tampa, Jody F. Born in Rincon, Puerto Rico, Mr. Mercado had been a resident of Tampa since Funeral services will be held at 2: Interment will follow in Garden of Memories.
The family will receive friends from 6: In lieu of flowers please make contributions to a charity of your choice. Rodriguez was a draftsman at Howard, Needles, Tamman and Bergendorf Engineering, Fairfield, for 40 years before retiring two years ago.
Born in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, Mr. Surviving are his wife, Lena; a son, Jose; a daughter, Mrs. Yvonne Calderon; a brother, Efrain; a sister, Mrs. Carlota DeArteaga; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Twenty-eight years in the U. Twenty-two years as a custodian at the Episcopal seminary and a church in Alexandria after his military career. His brief s courtship of Camelia, the pretty girl who lived across the street from his mother in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and the couple's sudden decision to marry when Ramon was on leave in Their nine children, plus "strays" he often invited home -- mostly young Puerto Rican soldiers at Fort Belvoir, homesick for homemade rice and beans.
A fierce devotion to family: Any party that did not include the kids was not for him. Ramon left school after eighth grade to help support his family. He cut sugar cane, picked coffee beans, worked as a carpenter's helper and clerked in a food store. When the Army got its hands on him in May , he was 20 years old and weighed pounds. He sent his Army paychecks home to his mother.
After his discharge, he took up cabinet-making. But that changed in , when his brother Pedro was killed in Korea. He eventually obtained his high school equivalency diploma, completed various military training courses and worked his way up the ranks to sergeant first class. In , the family moved to Alexandria after Ramon got a teaching position at Fort Belvoir's combat engineering school.
He retired at age 55 with a dozen medals and citations. Not one to sit around, Ramon took a custodial job at Virginia Theological Seminary and later became sexton at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, both in Alexandria.
And he did his job better than anybody should have a right to expect," said the Rev. James Green, the church's retired rector. Then 74, he and Camelia began traveling. But just two years later, his health began to fail. First it was cataracts, then cancer of the prostate and colon.
For the wake, his family displayed his Army medals and draped his casket with the American flag. Their request for a military funeral was denied, the mortuary was told, because the burial was Jan. The news disappointed, even angered, his widow and children. Besides, added daughter Elvira Urrutia, "He deserved it. He was born in Brooklyn, N. He was employed for 33 years as a tractor-trailer operator with Bil-Kay's Express in Elizabeth before retiring in He served with the 82nd Airborne and the th Airborne units as an infantry soldier as well as a tank-destroyer crew chief, and in the th Tanker Division under General George Patton.
He was a communicant of St. He is survived by his wife, the former Nena Cassano; three sons, Michael Jr. The funeral will be held at 11 a. Saturday at Leon J. Gerity Funeral Home, Amboy Ave. Entombment will follow at St. Visiting will be from and p. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Clair passed away of natural causes on July 2, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was 87 years old. According to a classmate, St. He also taught Sunday school for three years.
He graduated on June 12, , as the clouds of war were gathering over Europe. The graduation speaker was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Arriving in Le Havre, France on November 3, , the division saw bitter fighting during the Battle of the Bulge and at the Ruhr pocket and suffered some 6, battle casualties, including almost 1, killed in action. In November , after one of his companies had been attacked and surrounded by Chinese Communist Forces, he fought his way to the isolated unit and, with utter disregard for his own safety, organized a defense under fire, ensuring the survival of his men pending the arrival of reinforcements.
And during the Spring of , after elements of his battalion were surprised and almost overwhelmed by a large enemy force, he again moved to the forefront of the fighting, crossing bullet-swept terrain many times to direct a successful defense and call in supporting fires.