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Major Michael “Iron Mike” Mastroberti, USMC, retired, 91, died at his home on July 31st.  Mike is preceded in death by his wife Jean and their daughter Carol Mastroberti-Mayo.

Surviving is his daughter, Susan Dodd; son Gary Mastroberti and wife, Ann; son-in-law David Mayo; and his grandchildren; Catherine and Amanda Dodd, Ella Mastroberti, and Hunter Mayo.

Mike enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1951.  He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  The majority of Mike’s career with the Marines was in aircraft maintenance.  He was in charge of many different aircraft including the only F7U-3 Cutlass in Marine Corps History.  Upon his retirement on January 1, 1978 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.   Mike came up through the enlisted ranks and retired as a Major.  Mike was heavily involved with the Marine Corp Mustangs and enjoyed the comradeship of the Mustang organization.

He attended Beaufort Technical College earning an Associate Degree in Carpentry General Technology.  He taught carpentry as a CETA (Comprehensive Employment Training Act) Coordinator and later JPTA (Job Training Partnership Training Act) Coordinator at the college.  In early 1988 Mike ended his career as an instructor at the college.

Mike and Jean enjoyed retirement and traveled around the country.  They visited friends and relatives often in their travels and attended many Mustang gatherings.  Mike especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and cherished the many family reunions at the family cabin in North Carolina.

The family will receive friends and relatives Thursday, August 5th, 2021, from 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, August 5th, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. at the Beaufort National Cemetery with full military honors.

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  1. Connie Foutz Hipp says:

    So very to hear of his passing. A great Marine and gentleman

  2. Betsy Martin says:

    Susan, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please give my condolences to the rest of the family. You were a great daughter to him.

  3. Mike McFee says:

    Very sorry to hear of his passing. I have fond memories of both of your parents. My thoughts and prayers to you and yours. Mike McFee

  4. Terrie Howell says:

    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  5. Vickie Fitzgerald says:

    Susan, Catherine and Amanda, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad sounded like a wonderful person and I know he will be missed so much. Sending prayers and love to you all

  6. Ralph Lewis says:

    Susan and Gary. My family and I are very sadden to her that your father had passed away.. Your dad and your mom were great friends neighbors, companions to almost everyone whom had the privilege to know them and share their lives with them. My family looked at them as family. I also know Jean and Mike felt the same way. They did so many things together, and shared so muck doing things as neighbors, in and out of the community and durring the years of retirement from the USMC. That was a legacy to all of us, to be proud of. I know that Jean, Mike my mom Jo and Ray my dad. Are all together reunited again in heaven looking down on, With all the love they have for us all.. As we loved them for whom they were. We were lucky to be their children. May God bless them and have eternal peace in heaven. As a fellow veteran. . Semper Fy Mike. You have done well, serving your country and family. Gods Speed. Lt
    Colonel Ralph Lewis.

  7. Capt Jim Grtebas USMC (ret) says:

    Susan and all , I am sad to hear of yr Dad’s passing . I used to drop by his house and talk about our kids ,old times and people In 312. I first met Tech Sgt Mike in 1958 when he checked into VMF-312 , the Checkerboards, when we were changing A/C from FJ3’s to F8U’s aboard MCAS , a most tedious task He was a great mech and Marine who knew his stuff . He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

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