Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Angelo Francis Elmo, 60, a retired staff member of the Congressional Joint Committee on Printing, died of a heart attack March 27 in Brunswick, Ga.
He was en route to his home in District Heights after a vacation in Florida when he was stricken.
Col. Elmo, a much decorated combat veteran of World War II and the Vietnam war, had spent a number of years detailed to the Joint Committee on Printing while serving in the Air Force.
After he retired from military service in 1971, he remained with the committee as a civilian staff member until retiring from that position last year.
He was born in Hyattsville. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and as a bomber pilot, saw action in the China-Burma-India theater. In addition to bombing missions, he delivered gasoline to American troops on the other side of the "Hump," the Himalaya Mountains.
After the war, Col, Elmo completed an apprenticeship as a pressman at the Government Printing Office. He then returned to military service as an officer with the Air Force.
In 1962, he was detailed to the Joint Committee on Printing and helped work in the Development and construction of the Linetron machine, which is used in electrophoto composition for printing.
The electronics system was put into operation at the Government Printing Office in 1967, and a similar system was then installed at the Air Force Logistics Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Col. Elmo left that assignment for a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he flew 135 missions as a crew commander in the 362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron at Pleiku Air Base.
His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, and the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters.
Col. Elmo was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the International Pressmen's Union, the Franklin Technical Society and St. Pius X Council No. 4076, Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of the board of governors of the Washington Litho Club.
He is survived by his wife, Blanche V., of the home; a daughter, Barbara Rhodes, of LaPlata; a sister, Rosemary Barrett, of College Park; a brother, Joseph F., of Silver Spring, and four grandchildren. CAPTION: Picture, ANGELO F. ELMO 1960 Photo