FLEMINGTON, NJ - John Czaja was honored with a birthday cake and resolution at last week’s meeting of the Hunterdon County Freeholders.
The Whitehouse Station resident will turn 100 years old on Dec. 27 and is a World War II Army veteran.
Born in Chicago, Czaja enlisted in 1942 and was assigned to the 422nd Field Artillery Regiment, which would later be attached to Patton’s Third Army moving its way through France and Belgium. He also fought at the Battle of the Bulge, which marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany’s occupation of Western Europe.
Czaja earned numerous medals for his service including a Serve Stripe, two Overseas Service Bars, The American Campaign Medal, The European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars, The Good Conduct Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.
After his discharge, Czaja raised a family and worked at Wayco Foods for 47 years until his retirement in 1984. he continues to lead an active life, and says he enjoys shoveling snow at his daughter and son-in-law’s home.
The cake was courtesy of Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi who, as is her custom, paid for the cake herself, rather than use taxpayer’s funds.