BELMAR, NJ — At 94 years young, Richard Carroll has experienced much in life — as a police officer, father of six and a soldier serving in World War II.

But he admits he is pleasantly surprised by the recognition he frequently still receives for his military service, which he proudly boasts by wearing a black baseball cap with “33rd Infantry Division” embroidered in gold and decorated with service pins from front to back.

“So many people, especially the young people — 17, 18, 19 years old — come out of their way to say, ‘Thank you for your service,’” Carroll said. “That’s wonderful for the people of America.”

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The Belmar resident made his comments during a special presentation during the borough council’s regular meeting — on the eve of the Fourth of July — honoring him for his dedicated service to the country.

The decorated World War II veteran served in the Philippines in 1945 as a private first class in Company G of the 33rd Infantry Division, responsible for radio communications. In addition to being awarded the Bronze Star among a host of other medals and ribbons, Carroll received an outstanding service commendation by Major General P.W. Clarkson for “his courage, faithful performance and devotion to duty, which contributed in large measure to the company’s success in combat.”

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