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(4 May, 2012)

 

 

Media Advisory

 

State Military Honors To Be Awarded On Vietnam Veterans' Remembrance Day In Holmdel

 

 


WHO/WHAT: Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, the Adjutant General, and Raymond L. Zawacki, the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, and local elected officials will present the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and other state military awards to more than 55 Veterans, most from Monmouth County. Other counties represented include Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Gloucester and Ocean.

 

WHEN: Monday, May 7 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE: New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, Holmdel (Garden State Parkway)

  

THE STORY: This medal ceremony is held in conjunction with the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation's (NJVVMF) annual New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Remembrance Day.

 

      In 1991, the state legislature of New Jersey designated May 7 as New Jersey Vietnam Veteran's Remembrance Day to honor those who served in the military during the Vietnam Era, from 1959 to 1975. More than 200,000 New Jersey residents served in the armed forces during that time.

      Again at this year's ceremony, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will be awarding a number of New Jersey State medals including the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. The N.J. Distinguished Service Medal (NJ DSM) was originally issued in 1858 for those who distinguished themselves in the New Jersey Militia, but was used infrequently until re-authorized by Governor Kean in 1988. The N.J. DSM was then authorized for that purpose. It is New Jersey's highest military award. Since its re-authorization in 1988, more than 30,000 medals have been awarded to combat veterans from New Jersey.

 

      In order to be eligible for the Distinguished Service Medal you must meet all the following criteria: currently be a resident of New Jersey, have been a resident of New Jersey at the time you entered into military service, have been honorably discharged, have proof of having served in combat while on active duty during wartime. The DSM can be awarded posthumously to the next-of-kin of a veteran who meets the criteria.

 

      Anyone interested in applying for the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal should call 1-800-624-0508, Press 7, to request an application.

 

A list of veterans invited to the Vietnam Veterans' Remembrance Day follows:

Branch

Last Name

First Name

War

City

County

Army

Aker

Edward

Vietnam War

Keansburg

Monmouth

Army

Amrozewicz

Robert

Vietnam War

Port Monmouth

Monmouth

Marine Corps

Arce

Jose

Iraqi Freedom

Howell

Monmouth

Army

Arroyo

Angel

Vietnam War

Burlington

Burlington

Navy

Baillie

James

Vietnam War

Freehold

Monmouth

Army

Borgersen

Allan

Vietnam War

Marlboro

Monmouth

Army

Darke

Frederick

World War I

Port Monmouth

Monmouth

Marine Corps

DeJesus

Kirk

Desert Storm

Belford

Monmouth

Marine Corps

Froehlich

Edwin

Vietnam War

Allentown

Monmouth

Army

Ganio

Robert

Vietnam War

Maplewood

Essex

Army

Gordon

Stephen

Vietnam War

Irvington

Essex

Navy

Gsell

Earl

Vietnam War

Lumberton

Burlington

Air Force

Holzer

Charles

Vietnam War

Vincentown

Burlington

Army

James

Norman

Vietnam War

Asbury Park

Monmouth

Marine Corps

Jameson

Robert

Vietnam War

Neptune

Monmouth

Navy

Joseph

William

Vietnam War

Atlantic Highlands

Monmouth

Army

Koleda

Robert

Vietnam War

Ocean Township

Monmouth

Army

Kopczynski

Edmund

Vietnam War

Hamilton

Mercer

Army

Kunz

Richard

Vietnam War

Matawan

Monmouth

Marine Corps

Leith

Robert

Vietnam War

Plainfield

Union

Army

Lieberman

Meyer

World War II

Freehold

Monmouth

Navy

Lombardo

Charles

Vietnam War

Howell

Monmouth

Army

Love

Marshall

Vietnam War

Neptune

Monmouth

Navy

Maggi

William

Vietnam War

Deptford

Gloucester

Army

Mapp

Anthony

Iraqi Freedom

Aberdeen

Monmouth

Army

Maynes

Richard

Vietnam War

Rumson

Monmouth

Army

McGlone

Joseph

Vietnam War

Freehold

Monmouth

Army

McInerney

Michael

Vietnam War

Matawan

Monmouth

Army

Meade

George

Vietnam War

Oakland

Bergen

Army

Meihofer

Albert

Vietnam War

Sewell

Gloucester

Army

Michalski

Robert

Vietnam War

Toms River

Ocean

Army

Monzo

William

World War II

Allenwood

Monmouth

Marine Corps

Moore

Joseph

Vietnam War

Middletown

Monmouth

Navy

Morici

Stephen

Vietnam War

Clifton

Passaic

Army

Moroney

Charles

Vietnam War

Brick

Ocean

Army

Norton

William

Iraqi Freedom

Middletown

Monmouth

Army

Regan

Edward

Vietnam War

Stockton

Hunterdon

Army

Reilly

Gerald

Vietnam War

Garfield

Bergen

Army

Richardson

Carl

Vietnam War

Asbury Park

Monmouth

Army

Rudolph

Bruce

Vietnam War

Edison

Middlesex

Air Force

Sales

Eazil

Vietnam War

Freehold

Monmouth

Army

Sautter

Bruce

Vietnam War

Franklinville

Gloucester

Army

Scamardella

Anthony

Vietnam War

Linden

Union

Army

Schneider

William

Vietnam War

Hazlet

Monmouth

Air Force

Scott

Robert

Vietnam War

Allentown

Monmouth

Navy

Scott

Wayne

Vietnam War

Piscataway

Middlesex

Army

Shaw

David

Iraqi Freedom

Marlboro

Monmouth

Marine Corps

Sowa

Andrew

World War II

Forked River

Ocean

Army

Stanley

Raymond

Vietnam War

Eatontown

Monmouth

Army

Staten

Leo

World War II

Tinton Falls

Monmouth

Marine Corps

Taylor

William

Vietnam War

Jersey City

Hudson

Army

Torsiello

William

Vietnam War

Delran

Burlington

Army

Turner

Jerome

Vietnam War

Neptune

Monmouth

Army

Weick

Warren

Vietnam War

Freehold

Monmouth

Army

Young

Roger

Vietnam War

Neptune

Monmouth

Army

Yukowski

Peter

Korean War

Manchester

Monmouth


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