Paul A. Mauro, 56, NSA security officer

February 17, 2005

Paul A. Mauro, a National Security Agency security officer and Vietnam veteran, died Friday of a brain aneurysm at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Severna Park resident was 56.

Mr. Mauro was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and in 1967 enlisted in the Army. He served two tours in Vietnam as a member of an engineering unit.

"He saw plenty of combat while in the Central Highlands and was exposed to Agent Orange when his unit was doing land clearing. They were sprayed directly but told it wasn't harmful," said his wife of 12 years, the former Karen Sue Elliott. "Shortly before Christmas, he was diagnosed with stage-two multiple myeloma."

Mr. Maura held the rank of staff sergeant on his 1970 discharge, and his decorations included the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Sharpshooter Badge and National Defense Service Medal.

Mr. Mauro settled in Anne Arundel County, where he owned and operated several gas stations and later Glen Burnie Auto Service on Crain Highway. Since 1974, he had been an NSA security officer and instructor.

He joined the Air Force Reserves in 1978 and was a combat arms instructor until retiring in 1998 as a master sergeant.

Mr. Mauro was an accomplished gunsmith and enjoyed restoring and driving vintage muscle cars, including a 1955 Chevrolet and 1970 Chevelle.

He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Services were held Tuesday.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a stepson, Richard Lee Crawmer Jr. of Windsor, Pa.; and three brothers, James P. Mauro of Edgewood, Thomas W. Mauro of Middletown, N.J., and Matthew H. Mauro of Arbutus. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

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