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IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(2 March, 2009)

 

 

Media Advisory

 

Area Veterans Visit Monmouth Mall To

Receive State's Top Military Award

   


WHAT: Presentation of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and other state service medals to 27 Monmouth County combat veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation's Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

 

WHO: Retired Army Brig. Gen. Frank Carlini, Director, Veterans Health Services, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will present medals.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m.

 

WHERE: Center Court of Monmouth Mall, (off Route 36 & 35) Eatontown

 

DETAILS: The N.J. Distinguished Service Medal was originally issued in 1858 for those who distinguished themselves in the New Jersey Militia. In 1988 the State of New Jersey was looking for an appropriate way to honor all of these returning combat veterans and acknowledge the debt the state owed them for their service. The N.J. DSM was then authorized for that purpose. It is New Jersey's highest military award.

 

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 and have proof of having served in combat while on active duty during wartime.

For additional information visit:

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

 

The next presentation of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and other state service medals will take place on Tuesday, April 21 at the Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence.

 

List of Recipients - Monmouth Mall - March 3, 2009

   

RANK

FIRST NAME

MI

LAST NAME

WAR

CORPORAL

ROBERT

J.

BEEG

VIETNAM

SERGEANT

THOMAS

E.

BIFULCO

VIETNAM

SPECIALIST FOUR

LAWRENCE

E.

BROOKS

VIETNAM

CAPTAIN

WILLIAM

D.

CHASEN III

VIETNAM

SPECIALIST FOUR

WARREN

H.

COCHRAN JR.

VIETNAM

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER

PETER

G.

DUNN

O.E.F.

SERGEANT

JAIME

 

FELDMAN

VIETNAM

SERGEANT

CRAIG

C.

HADLEY

VIETNAM

PRIVATE

JAMES

T.

HEWITSON

VIETNAM

PRIVATE 1ST CLASS

JOHN

T.

JONES, II

DESERT SHIELD/STORM

PIPEFITTER 3RD CLASS

ROBERT

W.

LOPEZ

VIETNAM

SPECIALIST FIVE

MARIO

J.

LOSAPIO

VIETNAM

PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS

MICHAEL

M.

MARINGOLA

O.I.F.

CORPORAL

JOSEPH

A.

MCFADDEN

KOREAN

CORPORAL

ROBERT

 

MCGEE

VIETNAM

SPECIALIST FIVE

ROBERT

C.

MONAHAN

VIETNAM

STAFF SERGEANT

ROBERT

S.

NEWMAN

WWII

PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS

DAVID

 

OMILANOWICZ

O.I.F.

GUNNERY SERGEANT

CHRISTOPHER

J.

RANDAZZO

O.I.F.

SERGEANT

JOHN

P.

RAHILL

VIETNAM

SERGEANT

GERALD

C.

RUBANO

VIETNAM

MERCHANT MARINE

ALBERT

M.

SCARA

VIETNAM

STAFF SERGEANT

IRWIN

 

SCHWEFEL

WWII

SEAMAN 2ND CLASS

CHARLES

 

SONA

WWII

SEAMAN

DAVID

L.

STEMMER

VIETNAM

SPECIALIST FOUR

WILLIAM

L.

WALLACE

VIETNAM

SPECIALIST FIVE

EDWARD

D.

WILTON

VIETNAM



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