It is with great regret that we pass along the sad news that CWO 2, Walter Rosario (Ret) who was a good friend and our chapter president has peacefully passed away this afternoon, January 29.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Walter A. Rosario entered the Army on June 3, 1965. He went through Basic Training at Ft. Gordon, GA, Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, and Basic Airborne Training at Ft. Benning, GA.
Upon completion of Basic Airborne Training, CW2 Rosario was assigned to Special Forces Training Group, Ft. Bragg, NC. He graduated from the Special Forces Communications and Radio Operators Course
and Special Forces Qualification Course, and then was assigned to the 7rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), NC. CW2 Rosario was reassigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Republic of South Vietnam.
He served as Radio Operator for the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), ODA Team Radio Operator and conducted combat operations with CIDG Strike Force, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Senior Radio Operator Signal Company 11th Special Forces (Airborne), Staten Island, NY, Senior Team Communications Supervisor, Company B, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Tappan, NY, Senior Team Communication Supervisor, Company C, 11th Special Forces (Airborne), Ft. Dix, NJ, Operations Sergeant/Team Sergeant, Company C, 11th Special Forces (Airborne), Ft. Dix, NJ, Senior Tactical Communications Supervisor, Company C 11th Special Forces (Airborne), Ft. Dix, NJ, Senior Special Operations Sergeant and Special Forces Technician, 11th Special Forces (Airborne), Ft Dix, NJ, Detachment Technician, Company B, 2nd BN, 20th Special Forces (Airborne), Glen Arm, MD.
CW2 Rosario’s assignments include a tour of duty in South Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 7rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ft. Dix, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Tappan, NY, and Company B, 2nd BN, 20th Special Forces (Airborne), Glen Arm, MD.
CW2 Rosario has attended various military schools and is a graduate of the Special Forces Warrant Officers Course, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Special Forces Operations & Intelligence Course, and the SERE Course. He has an MBA from Fordham University, NY, NY.
CW2 Rosario’s awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (2), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (9), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5), Army Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (7), Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Danish Parachute Badge, Vietnamese Parachute Badge, Special Forces Tab, and is a member of the 1st Special Forces Regiment.
He was married to the former Susan A. Fraioli, and resided in Edison, NJ with his wife and son Justin.
He joined Chapter 19 of the Special Forces Association in 1976 when Chapter 19 was originally formed. Later after our chapter’s rebirth he was elected and served three terms be this chapter’s president.
For the Wake, Funeral Mass or the Burial, we ask that if you do have Dress Blues please wear them. If Dress Blues are not available then wear a business suit, or the SFA green Jacket and the beret or just wear your beret.
Schedule of Events:
WAKE: Sunday February 8th 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm at
Costello Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ
(Miles Caparelli is handling the SF Honor Guards during the wake)
FUNERAL MASS: Monday February 9th 10:00 am at
Guardian Angels RC Church, 37 Plainfield Avenue, Edison, NJ.
(Miles Caparelli coordinated for Bag Pipes by NJSP)
FUNERAL: GENERAL DOYLE Cemetery, 12:30 pm, 350 Province Line Road,
Arneytown, North Hanover Township, Burlington County, NJ
(Larry Wilson will be running the Funeral Detail, General Karmazin will present the flag to Susan)
REPAST: LOU CAS RESTAURANT, 9 Lincoln Highway (Rt 27) Edison NJ.
(Head count for the repast will be taken at the cemetery.)