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Joseph M. Massaro Collection, circa 1920-circa 1930, 2000
Born on January 22, 1931, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Joseph Mason "Jay" Massaro was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, a writer and an avid collector of music and military insignia. Born into a military family, Massaro was relocated constantly with his family to different parts of the South. By the time he was in high school, Massaro had formed an avid interest in military insignias. He was also writing for his school paper. After graduation, he attended West Point with the Class of 1953, and he worked as a humor editor for their Pointer View magazine. Enlistment in the military allowed Massaro to travel around the world, and he was stationed in places such as Germany, Italy and Korea. When Massaro retired, he enrolled in Southwest Texas State University, graduating with an MBA in 1976. Massaro is also a published author. His book Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1924-1947 was first published in 1987. Massaro's own insignia collection consists of over 11,000 pieces and was donated to the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin, Texas.
Massaro and his first wife, Jean Patterson, had three sons. He died in Austin, Texas in 2004.
"Joseph M. Massaro," United States Military Academy: Class of 1954, accessed March 28, 2018
The Joseph M. Massaro Collection is comprised of three country music 78 RPMs recorded between 1920-1930, three sound reels consisting of recordings of Bob Wills dating from 1932 and 1935, as well as an undated reel, and recordings from Vietnam titled "In Country," as well as a 2000 printing of Massaro's book Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1924-1947, which includes a supplement pamphlet that was first published in 1991.
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Joseph M. Massaro Collection, circa 1920-circa 1930, 2000, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, November 2018.