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.
Christopher Langbein '82
A resident of Plainfield,IL, formerly of Elizabeth, served in the US Army from 1982 to 1986 attaining the rank of Specialist 4.
DUTY STATIONS: 5th Combat Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; 82nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Bamberg West Germany.
DUTIES: Combat Engineer
AWARDS: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal
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.
Resident of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Roselle, served in the US Navy 1968-73, attaining the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class/SSGT. Additionally served in the US Air Force Reserve from 1974 to 1981.
DUTY STATIONS: USA, Viet Nam, Japan, Germany, Panama.
DUTIES: Combat Aircrew, Aircrew.
AWARDS: Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Medals, NUC, PUC, Combat Action Ribbon, USN Aircrew Wings, USN Combat Aircrew Wings, USAF Aircrew Wings.
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.
A resident of Avon by the Sea, NJ who lived in Linden during RC years, served in the U.S. Army as a military prosecutor and a trial defense counsel in the Judge Advocate General Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. Served on active duty from 1978 to 1981 and then on reserve duty until 1984. Deployed to Germany on REFORGER 79 Exercise as the military prosecutor for the 2nd (Blackjack) Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.
DUTY STATIONS: Ft. Hood, Texas and Germany.
DUTIES: Served as a military prosecutor and a trial defense counsel in the Judge Advocate General Corps for the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas and in Germany.
AWARDS: Army Commendation Medal.
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
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.