Louis G. Sasso

Gene grew up in Clinton, IN, where he graduated from Clinton High School in 1950.  He attended Rose Polytechnic Institute prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy.  As a midshipmen he did well academically, was a welcome addition to sports teams, and a joy to be around.


Upon graduation Gene was commissioned in the Marine Corps.  Following Basic School and Artillery School he served with the First Marine Division.  Gene then earned his wings at Pensacola.  At that time he was the only Marine qualified as an aviator, artillery officer, and infantry officer.  He received a master’s in nuclear engineering from U.S. Naval Post Graduate School and was assigned to the Defense Atomic Support Agency working as a test director conducting nuclear weapons-effects tests.


In 1968-1969 Gene flew over 200 helicopter rescue missions.  He earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Joint Services Commendation Medal.  Gene then served at the Marine Corps Development Center leading a program to develop countermeasures to infrared surface-to-air-guided missiles. He also received an MBA in Operations Research from The George Washington University.


Gene’s last active duty was with Field Command, Defense Nuclear Agency as Test Group Director, participating in underground nuclear tests.  Upon retirement in 1976 Lieutenant Colonel Sasso was awarded the Legion of Merit.  He worked for EG&G for over 21 years. 


Gene died in Las Vegas, NV, 21 April, 2003, after battling cancer.  He is survived by his wife Barbara, a son and two daughters.  A son had predeceased Gene.