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Duffy Honored for Work with Clark War Dead

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William Duffy adjusts a display honoring Clark's war dead at the Arthur L. Johnson High School Credits: William Duffy
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William Duffy has made Clark's war dead his life's work. His research into their lives and deaths began in 1973, inspired by the names he found on the Clark World War II monument. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
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CLARK, NJ – William Duffy, a retired Clark police officer and longtime resident, has made 21 men he never met the focus of his life’s work. Years of research have made him uniquely acquainted with those men from Clark who died in sacrifice to their county, Clark's "fallen heroes."

This year, Duffy’s efforts were recognized by UNICO International. He was awarded the service organization’s “Americanism Award” for his extraordinary efforts.

Later this month, Duffy will be inducted into the Arthur L. Johnson High School “Hall of Fame.”  A 1967 graduate, Duffy returns to the school each May to introduce a new group of Clark’s youth to those men who walked the same halls they do, but whose path in life ended abruptly in war.

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Find out more about Duffy’s devotion to Clark’s fallen heroes:  One Man’s Quest to Keep Alive the Memory of Clark’s War Dead.

Duffy will also speak at the Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ. He was recently contacted by a junior at the school who was researching Vietnam war hero Kenneth Kuspiel, 

"I was researching Veterans from New Jersey and Kenneth Kuspiel stood out to me a lot," 17-year-old Kimberly Giangrasso wrote. "I was born on February 1st, which also was the date of his passing, so we share an important date. I wanted to make a tribute to Kenneth, almost like a documentary, and tell his story and celebrate his life."

In sharing his research with Giangrasso, Duffy will continue his goal of keeping alive the memory of one who gave so much.

TAPinto Clark will run profiles of each of Clark’s fallen heroes daily through Memorial Day.

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