Salvador A. Gambino, Sr. L-33 past President of THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS/TEXAS
LONE STAR CHAPTER, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the age of 87. He
was born in New Orleans, La. On December 1, 1932.
Sal joined the United States Coast Guard and served during the Korean War. His
ship was instrumental in recovering downed pilots from the Ocean. During the
winter, he said that they had to work quickly, because the water was so cold.
After his time in the service, Sal joined the Houston Police Department on
September 14, 1959, Academy Class #22. (He had a little trouble joining at
first, because of his last name. He proved to them that he was an honorable
person, so the HPD became his family.) Sal was assigned to the Traffic, Solo
Motorcycle and Traffic Safety Divisions. He rode solo motorcycles for the
department for many years. He escorted Presidents and Astronauts and
participated in many parades and funerals. Officer Gambino retired on September
7, 1980. After his retirement, he joined the Fort Bend Constable’s Office (He
loved being an officer.)
He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Salvador A. Gambino Jr., who
retired on October 22, 2016 and the brother of Retired Police Officer Anthony
“AJ” Gambino, Jr., who retired on September 3, 1987.
Sal joined the Texas Lone Star Chapter in May, 1991 and is a retired President
of the Lone Star Chapter and was President during the time the monument was
built in Austin. He was also instrumental in having the monument erected at the
Veteran’s Cemetery. Sal was also was an active member of Tell America, the
group of men that talked to students in the schools about the Korean War.
. He was also involved with the newsletter. Sal & Patty, Bill & Karen
Hare and Lee & Charlotte Henderson, took over writing the newsletter from
Sal is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Patty, children daughter Diane
McWhorter & husband David, sons Sal Jr. & wife Dana; Dino& wife Amy
and Rick; grandchildren Lisa, Candace, Mary, Cody, Michael, Andrea, Sarah, Elizabeth,
Gracie and Cort; great-grandchildren Kayli and Bradley; siblings Joseph, A.J.
and Jackie and many nieces and nephews.
AMERICAN HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME
10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Tx., 77038
January 21st - 6 pm - 8 pm
Celebration of Life
Wednesday, January 22nd - 9:30 - 10:30
V.A. Cemetery January 22nd - 10:45 – 11:15