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Media Advisory

 

Livingston Mall To Host Medal Ceremony To Bestow State’s Top Military Award

 

 


WHO/WHAT: Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, The Adjutant General, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will present state military awards to more than 40 veterans invited from Essex, Hudson and Morris counties. Veterans will be honored at the mall for service in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE: Livingston Mall, Lord & Taylor center court (enter next to Barnes & Nobles), 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ 07039

           

THE STORY: 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 NJ 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.

 

     For additional information visit:

www.nj.gov/military/veterans/awards/distinguished_service/index.html

 

     Photos of event will be available on Facebook: New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

 

Veterans invited to the Livingston Mall ceremony are as follows:

 

Branch

Rank

First Name

Last Name

War

City

Air Force

Senior Airman

Courtney

Beard

Iraqi Freedom

Belleville

Marine Corps

Private First Class

Patrick

Brannigan

Vietnam War

Kearny

Army

Specialist Four

John

Broughton

Vietnam War

Jersey City

Army

Specialist Four

Stephen

Charney

Vietnam War

Cranford

Marine Corps

Corporal

Lawee

Colbert

Vietnam War

East Orange

Army

Specialist Four

Larry

Cousins

Vietnam War

Montclair

Army

Specialist

Brian

Crosta

Iraqi Freedom

Nutley

Army

Specialist

Christopher

Delgado

Enduring Freedom

Garfield

Army

Lieutenant Colonel

Robert

Dionisio

Iraqi Freedom

Caldwell

Army

Specialist

Cardon

Edwards

Enduring Freedom

East Orange

Marine Corps

Sergeant

Jason

Fermin

Iraqi Freedom

Newark

Army

Staff Sergeant

Regla

Flores

Iraqi Freedom

Jersey City

Navy

Petty Officer Third Class

Ahkaleem

Ford

Iraqi Freedom

Jersey City

Army

Specialist Five

Richard

Garcia

Vietnam War

Bayonne

Army

Specialist Five

William

Gaughan

Vietnam War

Millburn

Army

Sergeant

Johan

Gomez

Enduring Freedom

Hoboken

Army

Specialist

Sebastian

Gomez

Enduring Freedom

Lake Hiawatha

Marine Corps

Private

John

Gormeley

Vietnam War

Bayonne

Navy

Aviation Machinist Mate

Salvatore

Grippi

Vietnam War

Nutley

Marine Corps

Lance Corporal

Matthew

Halligan

Iraqi Freedom

Pompton Plains

Marine Corps

Sergeant

William

Haynes

Vietnam War

Dover

Army

Sergeant First Class

Walter

Hill

Vietnam War

Succasunna

Marine Corps

Lance Corporal

John

Humphrey

Vietnam War

Parsippany

Army

Specialist Five

Walter

Johnson

Vietnam War

Hoboken

Marine Corps

Corporal

Jefferson

Matos

Iraqi Freedom

West New York

Army

Specialist Five

James

Matthews

Vietnam War

Jersey Citiy

Marine Corps

Corporal

Benjamin

McHugh

Enduring Freedom

Cedar Grove

Army

Specialist Four

Charles

Meola

Vietnam War

Upper Montclair

Army

Specialist Four

Lester

Miller

Vietnam War

East Orange

Army

Captain

John

Perez

Iraqi Freedom

Harrison

Army

Specialist Four

F.D. Roosevelt

Person

Vietnam War

Jersey City

Army

Specialist

Antonio

Potts

Iraqi Freedom

Newark

Army

Private

Joseph

Rossillo

World War II

North Bergen

Marine Corps

Sergeant

Michael

Russomano

Korean War

Roseland

Army

Specialist Four

Edgar

Sanchez

Vietnam War

Jersey City

Army

Specialist Four

Edward

Sellmeyer

Vietnam War

Nutley

Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant

Jonathan

Snyder

Enduring Freedom

Hoboken

Air Force

Technical Sergeant

Richard

Toomey

Enduring Freedom

Cedar Grove

Army

Sergeant

Alberto

Torres-Lamberty

Iraqi Freedom

Budd Lake

Army

Specialist Four

Joseph

Towe

Vietnam War

Newark

Marine Corps

Corporal

William

Underwood

Vietnam War

Irvington

Army

Master Sergeant

Anthony

Valente

World War II

Harrison

Army

Private First Class

Thomas

Warren

World War II

Bloomfield

Army

Sergeant

Vincent

Wassman

Korean War

Hoboken

Army

Specialist

Harriet

Wilson

Iraqi Freedom

Jersey City

 


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