On the morning of Oct. 17, a former Catholic school student in the Diocese of Camden who lost his life in defense of his country, was immortalized in Deptford.
The town’s post office was officially renamed the First Lieutenant Salvatore S. Corma II Post Office, in a dedication ceremony acknowledging their hometown hero.
A 2000 graduate of Saint Margaret Regional School in Woodbury Heights, and 2004 graduate of Saint Augustine Prep, Richland, Corma graduated in 2008 from West Point Military Academy.
As an officer serving the Second Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, he was killed in action in Afghanistan, protecting his Sergeant and squadron.
Corma received full military honors, and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He is laid to rest in the West Point Military Cemetery.
His mother, Gertrude “Trudy”; family and friends; the school communities of Saint Margaret and Saint Augustine; and community leaders all were present at the ceremony, remembering his sacrifice and now, with the dedication, preserving his legacy.
Father Joseph Szolack, former pastor at Saint Margaret Church (Infant Jesus Parish) gave the invocation, and provided remarks.
Jonathan Dijamco, associate director of the Hermit Leadership Network for Saint Augustine Prep, was a grade below Corma at the school, and recalled his manner in the classroom. “Salvatore was someone you could rely on, someone always eager to help,” he said.