Armand G. Daddazio, U.S. Marine Corps retired, passed away Sept. 30, 2016 in El Paso, where he resided since 1967. “Daz,” as he was affectionately known, was 97.
He was a New York state native, attended schools in Newburgh, New York, and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, with over 26 years of service. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V and Army Commendation Medal.
Between wars he served on the battleship New Jersey and the cruisers Houston and Rochester. He commanded a field artillery battalion and the first Marine Corps air defense Hawk missile battalion, which he activated at Fort Bliss.
He was a nuclear weapons instructor at Field Command, DASA, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia. His last active duty assignment was at the Pentagon.
He retired from Professional Investment Counsel, Inc., a local investment advisory firm, in 1989. Survivors include his daughters, Candi Vaughn (Jack) of El Paso, and Terri Wilson (Don) of Pearland, Texas; their mother, Margaret Hansen; stepson Patrick Crowley of Kerrville, Texas, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Harriet Platt, in 1989, stepson Robert J. Crowley Jr. in 1962, and stepdaughter Genny Crowley DeHaven Hurd in 2015.
Graveside services at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with full military honors will be Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 14:00 (2 p.m. MST). If desired, Daz requested memorial contributions to your favorite charity. Semper Fi.