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Jersey Boy

For many young men reaching "legal age" in the '40s and '50s, the journey to manhood often saw time spent in the military. Service to country was not only a patriotic duty still embraced by most young Americans, but also, through the G.I. Bill, a means to a college education.

Tony Cordasco grew up in Camden County, New Jersey, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. Upon his graduation from Barrington High School, he saw the Armed Forces as an opportunity for a better life. His father, having served in the military himself, wasn't quite sure he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps.

But, circumstances prevailed which saw the Jersey Boy wind up at an Air Force base outside of Bryan, TX.


Tony Cordasco and his wife, Margaret, have been married more than 60 years She was a Bryan, TX, girl; Tony, a native of New Jersey stationed at Bryan Air Force Base. After he got out of the service, the Cordascos eventually settled in the Houston area. Tony worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 30 years there, while Margaret owned and operated her own beauty salon. After retirement, the Cordascos moved back to Bryan to be close to their two children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. An avid golfer, Tony has recorded six holes in one in his playing time at the former Travis B. Bryan Municipal Golf Course, His last ace came at the age of 80.