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Korean War Veterans - Lone Star Chapter
OBITUARY - Sal Gambino
January 19, 2020

SAL GAMBINO

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.

salvador-gambino-houston-tx-obituary.jpgAfter 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 Jim Duncan.
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.

Services are:
AMERICAN HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME
10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Tx., 77038

Visitation Tuesday January 21st - 6 pm - 8 pm

Celebration of Life
Wednesday, January 22nd - 9:30 - 10:30

Committal -
V.A. Cemetery January 22nd - 10:45 – 11:15