Col. J. Nardo

Colonel Joseph J. Nardo, Nardo_web_tribut2

November 21, 1936 – June 30, 2014

Born in Philadelphia PA then raised and schooled in the same city, Colonel Nardo earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Studies from Villanova University He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959. During the course of his military career, his command assignments included an infantry platoon, company, and battalion. He was a graduate of the Naval War College and subsequently was assigned as the senior Marine faculty member instructing in the Strategy and Policy Department.

He earned his Master of Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University and the Naval War College. Colonel Nardo also activated the first NROTC unit at Norwich University in Vermont which is the only remaining private military school in the United States. At Norwich, he served as the Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit. And so it was not a difficult task to form the first NJROTC unit at Oviedo High School, which he accomplished in 1993.

For 20 years Col. Nardo was a beloved influence on the lives of all of the young people he knew as cadets. He will be long remembered and greatly missed.