Military Honor Roll
Saluting Our Alumni's Military Service
Roselle Catholic appreciates and recognizes the military service of our alumni, and their duty and commitment to serving our nation.
(1) SILVER STAR (2) BRONZE STAR (3) PURPLE HEART
All our alumni who fought, died or stand ready to give all to the nation are due our gratitude, no matter one's opinion of the conflict.
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Military Service Profiles
Sylvia (Bertot) Bergstedt '84
Originally of Hillside, currently a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, served in the US Air Force and Reserves, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On active duty from January 1989 to September 1996, and in the Reserves from October 1996 to December 2011. Duties included On-Site Inspection Agency for Missile Treaty compliance.
DUTY STATIONS: Torrejon AB, Spain; Barksdale AFB, LA; Grand Forks, ND, Andrews AFB, MD, Hulbert Field, FL
DUTIES: Air Force Office of Special Investigations; Special Agent and Commander; On-Site Inspection Agency - Missile Treaty compliance
AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal w/3 oak leaf clusters, Joint Commendation Medal, Expert Marksmanship
Formerly of Union, now a resident of Lunenburg, MA, graduated from US Military Academy, West Point NY in 1970. Attained the rank of Major in the US Army, serving on active duty 1970 to 1975, again from 1979 to 1982. Served in Germany as Artillery Officer and Aide de-Camp to General Officer, then Artillery Battery Commander in 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg and Dental Officer for 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens.
DUTY STATIONS: Bamberg and Stuttgart, Germany; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Devens, MA.
DUTIES: Artillery Battery Executive Officer, Aide de-Camp to VII Corps Artillery Commander, Aide de-Camp to VII Corps Chief of Staff; Artillery Battery Commander 82d Airborne Division; Dental Officer for 10th Special Forces Group.
AWARDS: Senior Parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, Army Accommodation Medals, Meritorious Service Medal.
Patrick Castellano '84
Eugene L. Chrzanowski '66
Originally a resident of Roselle, now of Tri-Cities, Washington serving in the US Army & Army National Guard from 2001 to present, on active in 2004-2005, and again from 2006 to 2012, attaining the rank of Major. Served in a Forward Operating Base as a physician assistant in Iraq during first active duty tour in 2004-2005.
DUTY STATIONS: Forward Operating Base Gaines Mill in Iraq, 2004-2005. Community-Based Warrior Transition Unit, Camp Williams, Utah, 2006-2012.
DUTIES: Served as physician assistant for Infantry/Artillery Battalion Aid Station in Iraq. Performed medical management of Army Wounded Warriors while mobilized to Utah. Currently serving in the Idaho Army National Guard.
AWARDS: Include, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Valorous Unit Award with the 1/163rd Infantry.
Resident of Key West, FL, served in the US Air Force Reserves after law school from 1973 to 1976, as a Legal Assistance Officer, with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
DUTY STATIONS: Bolling AFB,MD.
DUTIES: Providing legal advice on civilian issues to military personnel and dependents.
Resident of Naples, FL served in US Army Corps of Engineers from 1969 to 1971, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Assigned to Project MASSTER (Mobile Army Sensor Systems Test, Evaluation and Review) initiated during the Vietnam conflict to ensure development of an optimum battlefield intelligence gathering system as part of the Army's integrated area control system and provide for the evaluation of review of Army surveillance, target acquisition, and night observation.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Dix, NJ; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Fort Belvoir, VA (US Engineer OCS); Fort Hood, TX.
DUTIES: Engineer Platoon Leader, 16th Engineer Battalion; Infantry Company XO 2/12 Cav., 1st Cavalry Division; Assistant S-3, 2/12 Cav. (Mech Infantry).
Resident of Colonia, served in the US Army from April 1967 until losing his life in Vietnam, in October 1969. His tour of duty in Vietnam began in March 1969, assigned to the Big Red 1 / Company B, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. He achieved the rank of Sergeant-E5.
Throughout his two years of service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge -- only awarded to those who served in the infantry in a war zone, seeing hostile action.
He received the Bronze Star for ‘distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam’ during the period March 1969 to October 1969.
He is enshrined on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, which honors those who died in the Vietnam War, and is one of only two Roselle Catholic alumni to be memorialized on The Wall. While serving in Vietnam, Sergeant Custode became ill with meningitis and died of the illness, five days after his 21st birthday. Many casualties of military service in a war zone are non-combat related.
Ralph wrote once that he wished he could have a New Jersey State flag to mount outside his quarters. The State Senator who represented his town at the time, John Fay, Jr., arranged to have one sent to him. He was happy and proud to fly this flag.
AWARDS: Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
MEMORIALS & RECOGNITION: Enshrined on the Washington Vietnam Memorial wall, his name appears on Panel 17W Line 087. In October 2001, a monument was dedicated in Colonia, NJ to Sergeant Ralph Custode, as the only resident of Colonia, NJ (Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County) to lose his life in Vietnam.
Formerly a resident of Cranford, now residing in Chelmsford, MA, served in the US Coast Guard on active duty Sept 1978 to Sept 1984. Then from Oct 1984 to Sept 1999 served in the Coast Guard Reserve, retiring as a LT Commander. With an expertise in oil and chemical spill cleanups (Marine Safety Technical), served in numerous duty stations and assignments along the Atlantic coastline.
DUTY STATIONS: Pollution Engineering Section, Washington DC, 1979-1984; Marine Safety Office, Philadelphia PA, 1984-1987; Marine Safety Office, Savannah GA, 1987-1989; Marine Safety Office, Boston MA 1989-1991; Governor's Island Reserve Center NY, 1991-1992; Coast Guard District office Boston, 1992-1999.
DUTIES: Oil and chemical spill cleanups (Marine Safety Technical), at one point worked with Coast Guard R&D Center in Groton CT and was key member of In-Situ offshore oil spill burn with Canadian/US Coast Guard and EPA office St. John's Newfoundland in 1992, as well as research of Benzene exposure to first responders during oil spills and published findings in Industrial Hygiene Professional Journal.
AWARDS: Obtained Coast Guard Achievement Award and later Congressional recognition for oil spill response to M/V World Prodigy off Newport, RI in 1989.
Resident of Beverly Hills, FL served in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserve from 1973 to 1979, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. During active duty was assigned to 3800 Civil Engineer Group, and the 913 Combat Engineer Squadron during his reserve duty. It was while serving at Maxwell AFB, AL that he encountered, on a couple of occasions, a 1st Lieutenant in a flight suit with a name tag that said BUSH. Turned out years later the ‘Air Guard’ pilot he spoke to was elected the 43rd President of the United States.
DUTY STATIONS: Lackland AFB, TX; Sheppard AFB, TX; Maxwell AFB, AL; Guenter AFS, AL; Willow Grove NAS, PA; and Hahn AFB, Germany.
DUTIES: During his active duty, he served as a Heavy Equipment Operator, with a secondary AFSC in explosives and demolition, with duties consisting of pavement and runway maintenance, as well as related construction projects. During active reserve duty, he served along side MAC (Military Aircraft Command) providing ready or emergency deployment of construction materials and equipment for “BARE BASE” operations and disaster relief.
AWARDS: National Defense; Unit Citation; Good Conduct; Expert Marksmanship, 913th CES outstanding NCO for 1979.
Daniel Donnerstag '01
A native of Union, Captain in the US Marine Corps, served from November 2006 to July 2012. Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving two tours of duty, one in Iraq and the second in Afghanistan. While recovering from serious injuries he sustained in Afghanistan, he was named the Grand Marshall for Union's Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2012. RC formed a contingent to march in the parade under the RC banner, to show our school's appreciation for the service he has so honorably rendered.Union,
DUTY STATIONS: Stationed in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Deployed to Al Anbar in 2008 to 2009. Deployed to Nimroz Province in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.
DUTIES: Platoon commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of Task Force MP. After deployment to Iraq served as an artillery liaison officer to an infantry battalion while deployed to Okinawa, Japan. Later attached to Second Battalion Third Marines to become the Officer-In-Charge of a Police Advisor Team while deployed in Afganistan.
AWARDS: Purple Heart; Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Unit Citation; National Defense Medal; Afghan Campaign Medal; OIF Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; NATO ISAF Medal.
Thomas H.E. Drinkwater ‘66
Resident of Fort Valley, VA attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army. Served his active duty from July 1970 to November 1973; then joined the Alaska National Guard (1973-1974); and from July 1974 to May 1998 served in the US Army Reserve. From 1984-1998 he served as Command & General Staff College Adjunct Professor. During his military career one of his duty stations included The Pentagon.
DUTIES: Field Artillery Officer; Armored Cavalry Squadron Platoon Leader; Quartermaster Officer; Command & General Staff College Adjunct Professor; Individual Mobilization Detachment Commander; Logistics Officer.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Sill, OK; Fort Richardson, AK; Burtonwood Army Depot, England; Worms, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; Philadelphia, PA; Vint Farms, VA; The Pentagon, VA.
AWARDS: National Service Defense Medal; Reserve Components Achievement Medal; Reserve Components Service Medal; Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon; Excellence in Competition Medal-Rifle; Excellence in Competition Medal-Pistol; Member Alaska National Guard Rifle Team; Member 6th Army Reserve Marksmanship Team; Member US Army Reserve Europe Marksmanship Team; Member 78th Division Marksmanship Team; Member 1st Army Rifle Team.
John F. Dugan ‘65
On March 20, 1971, Captain Dugan of Roselle, on his second tour in Vietnam, volunteered for an exceptionally dangerous assignment knowing that a previous rescue attempt had failed as a result of heavy enemy fire. The assignment: the helicopter rescue of a unit of South Vietnamese Rangers under fire in a remote area of Laos. Captain Dugan, of the Army's 101st Airborne Division, was co-piloting a UH-1H Huey helicopter on a mission to rescue troops surrounded by North Vietnamese soldiers about 20 miles west of Khe Sanh in Laos. As the helicopter was attempting to land, it took heavy fire, was hit and exploded in the air. There were no survivors.
Continued enemy activity in the area prevented any recovery attempts.
For 35 years, Captain Dugan and the other three crewmembers were listed MIA. His remains along with the other members of his crew were finally located in Laos, and he was buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery in April 2006.
AWARDS: Silver Star; as well as, Purple Heart and Bronze Star from first tour of duty.
MEMORIALS & RECOGNITION: Enshrined on the Washington Vietnam Memorial wall, his name appears on Panel 04W Line 060. Buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Flags of the United States and State of New Jersey were flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities on April 12, 2006, in recognition and mourning of Captain Dugan.
Joseph T. Evans ‘06
A Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force on Active Duty since December 2008.
DUTY STATIONS: Lackland AFB, TX; Sheppard AFB, TX; Elgin AFB, FL; Ali Al Salem AFB, Kuwait.
DUTIES: Diagnostic Imaging Technologist (X-Ray Technician).
Gerard M. Farrell, '65
AWARDS: Air Force Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Meritorious Unit Award.
Graduated from US Naval Academy and commissioned Ensign in US Navy in June 1970. Retired in June 2000 as Captain (O-6), serving 30 years active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer.
DUTY STATIONS: Mediterranean Sea, Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf.
DUTIES: Commanded USS Fletcher (DD 992) and USS Princeton (CG 59) at sea and Naval Station Annapolis ashore (last tour). Also served as Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy.
AWARDS: Legion of Merit (x3), Defense MSM, Navy MSM, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit awards.
Robert E. Ford, Jr. ‘66
Resident of Galloway, NJ, entered in US Army on September 13, 1968. Went to Vietnam for a first tour in April 1969, and served two tours, returning from Vietnam in November 1970. He served with the 525th M. I. Group in Republic of Vietnam, attaining the rank Staff Sergeant, E-6.
DUTY STATIONS: Region V, 112th M. I. Group, Vietnam; New Orleans, LA; Army Intelligence Office, NCOIC.
DUTIES: S-3, Army Intelligence office work; Quick Reaction Force; Platoon Sergeant.
AWARDS: Bronze Star; Army Commendation Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; National Defense Medal.
Hometown of Elizabeth, now a resident of Mount Olive, NJ, served as Corporal, E-4 in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1986 to 1994, and on active duty from November 1990 to May 1991.
DUTY STATIONS: Reserve unit 6th Motor Transport Battalion; 8th Motor Transport Battalion for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
DUTIES: Motor Transport
AWARDS: National Defense Service Medal, Selected Marine Corp Reserve Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Rifle Expert (twice).
Stanley J. Gurski ‘65
Resident of Roselle from 1954-2008; Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, serving from April 1969 to August 2002 in a combination of regular Army, New Jersey National Guard and Army Reserve.
DUTY STATIONS: Ft. Dix, NJ, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Ft. Benning Georgia, Ft. Hood, TX, Fort Bragg, NC, Ft. McClellan, AL
DUTIES: Military Policeman, MP Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader/XO, Observer Controller, Instructor, Senior Instructor Ft Bragg Reserve Forces Intelligence School (Soviet Weapons and Equipment, Interrogation of Enemy Prisoners of War).
AWARDS: Leadership Award for Class 17 New Jersey(Sea Girt) Military Academy, Instructor Award Class 17 NJMA (Sea Girt), Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense with Star, Army Achievement, Meritorious Service, Excellence in Competition (rifle), Expert Pistol.
Resident of Norfolk, VA served in the US Navy from 1985 to 2005, achieving the rank of Commander.
DUTY STATIONS: USS Exploit (MSO-440); USS Capodanno (FF-1093); USS McClusky (FFG-41); USS Virginia (CGN-38); COMCRUDEGRU ONE; USS Halyburton (FFG-40); SACLANT; Joint Forces Staff College.
DUTIES: At Sea: Surface Warfare Officer; Executive Officer; Combat Systems Officer; Tactical Officer. On Shore: Information Operations Officer; Instructor, Joint Information Warfare.
AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3); Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2); Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation (2); Global War on Terrorism Medal; Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6); Kuwait Liberation Medal.
RC’s first graduate to attend a service academy. A resident of Huntersville NC, graduated from US Military Academy, West Point NY in 1969. Served in Vietnam as a Ranger Company Commander. Saw action on the last American combat mission in Vietnam. Served as Special Forces SCUBA Detachment Commander at Ft. Bragg and Commander of the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning. Returned to the US Military Academy, West Point as a Professor from 1976-1980.
DUTY STATIONS: Ft. Benning GA; Baumholder Germany; Ft. Benning GA; Bien Hoa South Vietnam; Ft. Bragg NC, Ft. Knox KY, Indiana University, US Military Academy, West Point NY; Schofield Barracks HI; Ft. Leavenworth KS; Ft. Harrison Indianapolis IN.
DUTIES/LOCATIONS SERVED: Germany: Scout Platoon Leader; Headquarters Company Commander. Vietnam: Ranger Company Commander; Assistant Operations Officers for plans. Ft. Bragg: Special Forces SCUBA Detachment Commander; B Team Operations Officer. Schofield Barracks: Battalion Operations Officer; Assistant Inspector General. Ft. Benning: Commander 4th Ranger Training Battalion; Deputy Commander Ranger Training Brigade and Infantry Training Center. US Military Academy: Professor in Department of Physical Education. Ft. Harrison: Director of Training, Soldier's Physical Fitness School. Retired in 1991 as the Special Assistant to the Commander, RangerTraining Brigade.
AWARDS: Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, SCUBA Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal.
Resident of Edison NJ, originally of Cranford, served in the US Air Force on active duty from Oct 1970 to Oct 1974, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Service and duty stations included tours at remote radar monitoring stations, i.e.: Arctic Circle.
DUTY STATIONS: Lackland AFB, TX; Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; Cape Lisburne AC&W Radar Station, Alaska; Griffiss AFB (SAC) Rome, NY; Sondrestrom AB, Greenland; Loring AFB, ME; Plattsburg AFB, NY; Goose Bay AB, Labrador, Canada; Chatham CFB, New Brunswick, Canada; Craig AFB, AL; CFS Ramore, Ontario, Canada; Westover AFB, MA; McGuire AFB, NJ; AFI Keflavik, Iceland (installations at eight remote communications sites around the perimeter of Iceland).
DUTIES: Ground-to-Air Communications Maintenance at Cape Lisburne Radar Station, Alaska (200 mi above Arctic Circle) monitoring Siberian coast (12 monthremote tour); 485th EI Squadron based out of Griffiss AFB – responsible for electrical communication installations in the northern hemisphere (2-year assignment).
AWARDS: National Defense; Air Force Good Conduct; Air Force Commendations; US Navy Iceland Defense Force Commendations.
Resident Haddonfield, NJ, served in the US Army from 1996 to 2009, achieving the rank of Colonel. Served during Operation Enduring Freedom.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Bragg; Fort Benning; Fort Jackson; Fort Dix/McGuire AFB.
DUTIES: Fort Dix/McGuire performed weekend drills. At Fort Bragg and Fort Benning served as Senior Medical Officer for hospitals at the sites, doing inpatient and outpatient care. At Fort Jackson was in charge of field hospital organization in a Joint Training Command to prepare a medical unit for deployment to Afganistan. Served during Operation Enduring Freedom.
AWARDS: Army Command medal and Army Achievement Medal. Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Bruce Killian ‘64
Resident Saint Johnsbury, VT, Chief Petty Officer, US Navy. Enlisted for 6 years in US Naval Reserves in 1967. In 1985, enlisted in Vermont National Guard, serving until 1990. Transferred to the US Navy Reserves in 1990, mobilized in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and remained an active member until retirement in 2006, with 27 years of military service.
DUTY STATIONS: USS Albany (CG 10)1968-1970; Italy; Scotland, Greece; Japan; La Maddalena; Spain
DUTIES: varied from Engineering Log room Yeoman, supply specialist, and recruit training to Custodian for Postal Effects.
AWARDS: Navy Achievement Medal (3); Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbon; Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (3); National Defense Medal (3); Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (2); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2); W/ “M” device.
Peter Krawczyk ‘69
Of West Columbia, SC, a Machinists Mate, Chief Petty Officer in the Submarine Service of US Navy serving from 1971 to 1982.
DUTY STATIONS: West Milton, New YorkNuclear (Prototype Instructor); USS Shark (SSN-591), fast attack submarine; USS Massey, (DD-778), reserve training destroyer.
DUTIES: Machinery Room operator/maintenance, Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT).
AWARDS: Good Conduct, Honorable Discharge.
Edward M. Leonard '65
A resident of Roselle Park, formerly of Roselle, served in the US Army and Army Reserve from 1969 to 1977. Commissioned 2nd. Lt. from Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program at Fordham University in 1969. Went on Active Duty for Training (ADT) from May to August 1972 at the U.S. Army Finance School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis Indiana and was promoted to 1st Lt. while there. Spent remainder of service in reserves and promoted to Captain before being honorably discharged in June 1977.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Benjamin Harrison - Indianapolis, Indiana.
DUTIES: U.S. Army Finance Basic Officer Training.
Reverend William P. Lesak '67
A resident of New Bern, NC, ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1975. He served for 11 years as parochial vicar before entering the Navy, and commissioned Lieutenant Junior Grade in September 1982. In August 1983 he completed the Basic Course at the Naval Chaplains School in Newport, RI before returning to his parish duties as a Reserve Chaplain. In October 1986 he was recalled to active duty, and in November 2009, after 27 years of active Naval Service, he retired having attained the rank of Captain.
DUTIES/LOCATIONS SERVED: Third Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Force, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Support Activity, Holy Loch, Scotland, United Kingdom; Pre-Commission and Plank Owner, USS George Washington (CVN-73); Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan; Senior Supervisory Course, Chaplain School, Newport, RI; United States Sixth Fleet, Gaeta, Italy; Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina that included 22nd MEU (SOC), 6th and 10th Marine Regiments; Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan; OPNAV (097), Director, Plans and Policy for the Chief of Chaplains, Washington, DC; Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC and Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC.
AWARDS: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (gold star), Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star), the Navy Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary, NATO, Fleet Marine Force Medals, the Navy Unit Commendation and various service and campaign medals and ribbons.
Originally of Elizabeth, now a resident of Norwich, Vermont attained the rank of Colonel 06 as a Judge Advocate in the US Air Force, serving on active duty 1973-1985, and Reserves 1985-2006
DUTIES: US Air Force Judge Advocate
Residient of Arlington, VA, Major in the US Army on Active Duty since April 2002. Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving three tours of combat duty in Afghanistan. Earned a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and selected by the Center for a New American Security as a Next Generation Security Leader.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Benning, GA; Schofield Barracks, HI; Fort Rucker, AL; Fort Campbell, KY; Pentagon, Washington, DC; FOB Kandahar, Afghanistan; FOB Shinkay, Afghanistan; FOB Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
DUTIES: Served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Assault Company Commander, and Operations Officer during three combat deployments to Afghanistan. While in garrison served as the Junior Military Assistant in the immediate of the Secretary of Defense; Strategic Planner to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7; Headquarters and Headquarter Company Commander, Battalion Adjunct, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.
AWARDS: Bronze Star (2 awards); Air Medal for Valor; Air Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 awards); Global War on Terror Service Medal; Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Accommodation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Overseas Service Medal (3 awards); Valorous and Meritorious Unit Awards; Army Service Medal; NATO Medal (ISAF); Combat Infantry Badge; Combat Action Badge; Parachutists Badge; Air Assault Badge; Army Aviator Badge; Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, and Army Staff Badge. Recipient of the Aubrey 'Red' Newman Leadership Award and the Order of St. Michael-Bronze Award.
Donald E. Merz ‘69
An officer of Patrol Squadron Eight, LTJG Donald Merz of Berkeley Heights, lost his life on Friday, September 22, 1978 when the P-3 Orion patrol plane he was piloting exploded in mid-air and crashed in a wooded area near Poland, Maine. He and seven other crew members were killed in the explosion.
Investigation indicated that one engine fell from the wing, which subsequently resulted in the wing separating from the fuselage, preventing any possibility of landing the aircraft.
The plane, a P-3, commonly used for anti-submarine operations was enroute from Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine to Trenton, Ontario.
Resident of Indian Land, SC and Ship Bottom, NJ attained the rank of Captain in the US Army Infantry/Cavalry, served in active duty from January 1969 to January 1971, and from 1971 to 1978 in the US Army Reserves / NJ National Guard. Completed 48 combat assaults, 8 sterile missions as a LRRP into Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam. First company into Cambodia (5/70) capturing largest weapons, ammo, medical, food caches of the war on Shakey's Hill.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Benning GA.; For. Leonard Wood MO.; For. Sheridan, Panama; III Corps, Vietnam; Fort Dix, 5th CST Brigade; 78th Trng. Div., Edison, NJ; NJ Military Academy, Sea Girt, NJ.
DUTIES: Student Infantry Officer, Ft. Benning; Training Officer/Company Commander, Ft. Leonard Wood; Jungle Operations Training Center (JOTC), Ft. Sheridan; Platoon Leader/Company Commander/LRRP, Alpha Company 5th Bn/7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile) - Song Be,Tay Ninh, Quon Loi, Phouc Vinh, Bo Dop, Quon Tri, Cambodia; 5th CST Brigade, Ft. Dix; Range Officer/Committee Chief, 78th Division, Edison, NJ; Asst. S3/Instructor, Officer Candidate School, Sea Girt, NJ.
AWARDS: Silver Star; Bronze Star; Army Commendation with "V", Purple Hearts (3 awards); Air Medal (2 awards); VN Cross of Gallantry; VN Wound (3 awards); VN Service; VN Civil Action; VN Campaign (3 stars); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Cold War Medal; National Guard Service Medal (2 awards); National Defense Medal; Combat Infantry Badge (CIB); Combat Assault Badge; LRRP Tab, Airmobile Tab; Presidential Valorous Unit; Presidential Unit Citation; VN Presidential Unit; VN Valorous Unit; VN Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation; NJ National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon; NJ Distinguished Service Medal; NJ Honorary Service Medal.
Francis X. Murphy '68
Joined the US Navy after graduating RC in 1968, and served until 1972.
DUTY STATIONS: Served in the Tonkin Gulf on the ammunition supply ship USS Haleakala (AE 25) and attained the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class.
Formerly of Hillside, now residing in Braga, Portugal, served in the US Marine Corps from 1993 to 2000, attaining the rank of Sergeant (E5). Service included the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit SOC (Special Operations Capable), member of HET Team – Human Intelligence Exploitation Team, involved in Operation Dynamic Response (Bosnia/Herzegovina), Operation Noble Anvil (Kosovo), Operation Shining Hope (Albania), Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo) and Operation Avid Response (West Turkey).
DUTY STATIONS: MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; Headquarters Marine Corp, Arlington, VA; Counterintelligence / Human Intelligence Company, 2nd Intelligence Bn, Camp Lejeune, NC.
DUTIES: Interrogator / Debriefer (0251), responsible for the collection of information/intelligence from human sources by means of interrogation, debriefing and screening. USMC later phased out the 0251 MOS. All active 0251’s became 0211 (Counterintelligence / HUMINT Specialists). Counterintelligence (CI) specialists are responsible for identifying and counteracting the threat of friendly forces posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by persons engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion or terrorism.
AWARDS: Navy Marine Corp Achievement Medal (twice awarded); Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon; Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Armed Forces Service Military Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Navy & Marine Corp Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Kosovo Medal.
Originally from Cranford, resided in Buckeye, AZ until passing away April 13, 2011. Served in the US Army and Reserves, on active duty from June 1966 to May 1968, and Reserve duty until 1989, attaining the rank of Specialist 4 (SP-4). Saw extensive combat during the Tet Offensive by the VietCong and North Vietnamese in 1968 while assigned to the “Brown Water Navy” with the mobile Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta. Wounded on May 1st, 1968.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Dix, NJ (Basic Training); Ft Jackson, SC (Advanced Infantry Training); VietNam (1967-68).
DUTIES: Served in Vietnam with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.
AWARDS: Purple Heart; Sharpshooter (Rifle); Combat Infantry Badge; Vietnam Service Medal; 2 Overseas Bars; National Defense Service; Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device.
Richard J. Razin ‘80
Resident of Peachtree City, GA served as Command Pilot in the US Air Force from January 1985 to November 1991, achieving the rank of Captain. At one point served as an Instructor Pilot at Air Force Academy.
DUTY STATIONS: Vance AFB, OK; McGuire AFB, NJ Instructor Pilot C-141; Air Force Academy, CO Instructor Pilot TG-7A; Scott AFB, IL Aircraft Commander C-9A.
Originally a resident of Irvington, currently residing in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, served in the US Marine Corps, on Active Duty from 1970 to 1978 and in the USMC Reserve until 1982, attaining the rank of Captain.
DUTY STATIONS: Iwakuni, Japan and Futema, Okinawa, 1st Marine Air Wing; Marine Barracks, Charleston Naval Base.
AWARDS: Certificate of Commendation from Commanding General, 1st Marine Air Wing.
Home town of Linden, NJ, now residing in Crestview, FL, served a 30 year career in the US Air Force from September 1980 to June 2010. Attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, with over 3000 hours of Ccombat/combat support flying time. Flew missions in Operations over Bosnia, Kosovo, Persian Gulf, Korea, and Homeland Defense.
DUTY STATIONS: Presidio of Monterey, CA, Goodfellow AFB, TX, Osan AB, Korea, Ft, Meade, MD, Sembach AB, Germany, Keesler AFB, MS, Aviano AB, Italy, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, Robins AFB, GA, Melbourne, FL, and Hurlburt Field, Florida.
DUTIES: 1980-1989 Enlisted, Cryptologic Linguist (Korean Language); 1989-2010 Officer; Master Air Battle Manager; Aircraft flown on: EC-130E, E-8, B-707.
AWARDS: USAF Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Custer), USAF Air Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), USAF Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), USAF Aerial Achievement Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Host of campaign medals for Bosnia, Kosovo, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Norman E. 'Skip' Schmidt, Jr. ‘65
Resident of Port Charlotte, FL, 1st Lieutenant, US Air Force from April 1970 to September 1973.
DUTY STATIONS: Homestead AFB, FL; Korat Royal Thai AFB, Thailand.
DUTIES: Navigator/Weapons Systems Operator, F-4E Phantom; Assistant Billeting Officer.
AWARDS: Nominated for Bronze Star; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.
Originally of Woodbridge, now a resident of Swathmore, PA, attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, serving in the US Army Reserves from January 1972 to September 2001. Mobilized October 2001 onto active duty following the events of 9-11 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2004 was placed on orders in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and deployed to Iraq as the Deputy Commander of the 338th Military Police Battalion. Served on active duty until December 2007.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Dix, NJ as Deputy Commander; FOB Baqubah, Iraq.
DUTIES: Military Police Commander; Military Police Commander; Deputy Commander of the 338th Military Police Battalion, subordinate unit to the 89th MP Brigade.
Richard ‘Dick' Sweeney ‘66
Resident of Winchester, MA, Sergeant E-5, US Army, served October 1966 to October 1968, comprised largely of a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam as a member of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) – initially as a team medic later as a team leader. He was awarded the Purple Heart, along with other awards, for his actions in combat. Known as ‘Doc’ to those he served with, he was on inactive reserve 1968-1972.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Carson, CO; Fort Riley, KS; Viet-Nam 52nd Infantry (ABN) and LRP Rangers 5th Special Forces Recondo #479.
DUTIES: Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) initially as team medic, last three months in Vietnam as team leader.
AWARDS: Silver Star; Bronze Stars; Purple Heart; Air Medal; Combat Infantry Badge; VN Service Ribbons.
Resident of Union, served in the US Navy from August 1993 to December 1996, attaining the rank of Petty Officer Third Class E-4.
DUTY STATIONS: USS LaSalle (AGF-3; USS Grasp (ARS-51).
DUTIES: Shipboard maintenance and welding; surface warfare.
James E. Tracey ‘64
Formerly of Clark, now a resident of Bluffton, SC; served in the US Marine Corps, on active duty from December 1968 to September 1970, and on inactive duty until September 1974. Attained the rank of Sergeant E-5.
DUTY STATIONS: Marine Corps Finance Center, Retirement Division, Kansas City, MO.
DUTIES: Chief duties included the examination and auditing of personnel’s financial records.
AWARDS: Sharpshooter Medal, National Defense Service Medal.
Formerly of Roselle, now a resident of Port Monmouth NJ, attained the rank of Sergeant E-5 in the US Army, serving 1968 to 1970, including a tour in Viet-Nam, where as a member of an infantry battalion was engaged in over 50 search and destroy missions. Awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat.
DUTY STATIONS: Tan Tru, VietNam.
AWARDS: Purple Heart; Air Medal.
Virginia Beach, VA, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy. Served active duty from May 1976 to November 1985, then Reserve Duty until September 1, 1994. Actively managed communications traffic processing systems for Naval Communications Area Master Station Atlantic. Directed the functions of 200 personnel in computer hardware and software maintenance requirements; database files; and landline, satellite and high frequency accesses. Accomplished support planning for Atlantic communications area assets. Scheduled maintenance periods for seven shore transmitting sites supporting strategic submarine forces.
DUTY STATIONS: USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092) and USS Arkansas (CGN 41), homeports Norfolk, VA; Naval Communications Area Master Station Atlantic, Norfolk, VA; Staff Officer, U.S. Atlantic Command, Norfolk, VA
DUTIES: Communications Officer Afloat; Electronic Warfare Officer; Intelligence Officer; Area Requirements Officer
AWARDS: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Surface Warfare Officer Designation; Officer of the Deck (Underway) Designation.
An original resident of Linden, now Merritt Island, FL attained the rank of E-6 Petty Officer 1st Class in the submarine service of the US Navy, serving from February 1968 to August 1976. Made three Polaris and one Poseidon Cold War Nuclear Deterrent Patrols and was aboard approximately ten Submarine missile launches on the Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral.
DUTY STATIONS: One year at Dam Neck, VA attending Polaris Electronics A and Fire Control Ballistic C schools; four years aboard USS George Bancroft SSBN643 making North Sea and Mediterranean patrols and a shipyard period at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine; three plus years at Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU), Cape Canaveral, FL.
DUTIES: Aboard SSBN643: Missile Control Supervisor responsible for maintenance and operation of various computers that targeted and sequenced the launch of 16 ICBM nuclear weapons. At NOTU: Test Instrumentation Supervisor of a team that maintained and operated equipment that collected onboard telemetry and launch operations for US and British submarines launching ICBMs on the Eastern Test Range.
AWARDS: Submarine Dolphins Enlisted; Polaris/Poseidon Patrol Pin with three stars; Expert Pistol ribbon; Good Conduct Medal with one star; various performance commendations both unit and individualMilitary Service Honor Roll.