Florencio Flo Jasso
Florencio Flo Jasso, age 89, died on Saturday, June 29th, 2013. He was born in Galveston, Texas on July 28, 1923 and was a life long resident of Texas City.
Services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, July 6 at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock. Visitation will be 5:00 7:00 pm, Friday, July 5 at EmkenLinton Funeral Home in Texas City, with a Rosary to follow.
He is survived by his sisters, Frances Jasso Escamilla, Benita Jasso Rios and Guadalupe Jasso Chapa and husband Victorino numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends. He is proceeded in death by his parents Zaragoza and Maria Ana Jasso sisters Eva Victoria Jasso, Mary Ann Jasso and Elvira Jasso Cervera.
Florencio was a World War II Army Air Corp Veteran who served as a Ball Turret Aerial Gunner in the 15th Army Air Corp, 5th Army Bomb Wing, 483rd Bomber Group, 817 Squadron, Crew 8877. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, the EAME medal with 3 bronze stars, the Air Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, ETO ribbon with 4 battle stars and a presidential unit citation while serving in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations MTO based in Foggia, Italy. Upon his honorable discharge in 1945, he joined the Merchant Marines until 1947. He was a Texas City Disaster Survivor who was at the dock area when the Grandcamp ship explosion occurred April 16, 1947. He enrolled at the University of Houston and received a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree and an Associate Degree in Stationary Engineering in 1952. Following graduation, Florencio worked and retired from Pan American World Services, a part of the NASA complex.
He joined the LULAC Council 255 in 1947 and served as President, VicePresident and was active in the scholarship program for deserving Texas City High School students. He believed in the power of democracy and his passion was politics. His interests lied in family history, military history and the love of travel. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.