Passing of Colonel Carl Venditto

Carl Venditto (Courtesy of US Army Reserves)

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of brother Marine and dear friend, Colonel Carl R. Venditto, USMC.  Born May 9, 1932, the Colonel would have been 87 this coming May.  The Colonel was also a life member of the Marine Corps League since 2004.

Col. Venditto had an associate degree from Becker Junior College in Worcester, Mass.. before he signed up with the Marines.   In June 6, 1952. At the age of 20 and being a few

years older than most other enlistees, the Korean War was raging and he wanted to serve. He was promoted to sergeant in 1955, and commissioned as a second lieutenant later that year. He attended technical, intelligence, survival and other high-level schools whenever he could.

By the time he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1987, he had been promoted to colonel, in 1985, he had been called back to active service and from 1985 to 1986, worked as Reserve Intelligence Manager for all intelligence programs in the 4th Marine Air Wing and Division. For much of his 35 years in the reserves, he worked in its Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.

Not being able to stand still after his retirement from the Marine Corps, the Colonel started participating with numerous VSO Groups throughout the state. To just mention a few, the Colonel was also a member of the Iwo Jima Foundation and part of Congressman Larson Veteran Council.  The Colonel was also a frequent speaker at numerous Veteran functions throughout the State.

He has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Marine Corp Reserve Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Connecticut Wartime Service Medal and George Washington Freedom Medal. He was Connecticut veteran of the year in 2006, received a Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service and was appointed aide-de-camp to the governor of Connecticut.

Funeral arrangements to be announced at a later date.

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