Samuel Diaz Falbo

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  • Name: Samuel Diaz Falbo
  • Location of Birth: Keewatin, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 20, 1920
  • Date of Death: September 18, 1999 (79 years old)
  • Parents: Anthony Falbo and Nellie (Johnson) Falbo
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  • Highest Rank: PHM 1 (Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: 1942
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  • Military Highlights:
    Samuel served as a pharmacist's mate aboard the USS Florence Nightingale during the North Africa Campaign. During World War II he was also stationed in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and later the Navy Dispensary at the Naval Research Lab in Anacostia.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    After graduating from high school, Samuel worked as a clerk for the Civilian Conservation Corps.

    He also had been personnel management specialist with Fourth Civil Service Region, the Army Signal Corps, NASA, OEO, and the Smithsonian.

    In 1946 he met and married Mary Louise Hamner in Washington, D.C. They lived in College Park, Maryland, where he sang in the Methodist Church Choir and was president, from 1963-1964, of the PTA of High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland. Later they moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where they pursued many hobbies together, including gardening, square dancing, fishing, and playing bridge.

    After retiring in 1973, he and his wife traveled extensively throughout North America, eventually settling in Austin, Texas, to be nearer their only child, Dr. Toni Falbo. In Austin, he continued his hobbies and was an active volunteer, including years of service as a Docent at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, until a series of small strokes diminished his capacities.

    He is survived by his wife and daughter, as well as his only grandchild, Rachel Glover-Falbo, and son-in-law, Robert W. Glover. He leaves behind three of his eight siblings, Neal, Lillian Koski, and Dell Davish; his sister-in-law, Mary Falbo; and numerous nieces and nephews throughout Minnesota.

    Samuel died in Austin, Texas and is buried in Parklawn Memorial Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland.

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