MONTVILLE, NJ – There is now a plaque outside the Montville Township Municipal Building with the name of Elizabeth native Joseph Quade forever engraved.
Quade was one of two township residents to be honored for their World War II service in a ceremony Feb. 20. David Marshall, who is deceased, is the other name on the plaque.
Quade served as a paratrooper with the 17th Airborne Division in Europe. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Germany by parachuting across the Rhine River into Nazi territory. Quade is a member of the Montville Township VFW Post 5481.
Quade was born in Elizabeth where he attended elementary and high school. He went on to attend Rutgers University when his education was interrupted by World War II. Quade entered the service in 1943 and was discharged in December of 1945. He then returned to Rutgers getting his Bachelor of Science degree and went on to a graduate program at Cornell University where he received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
In his civilian life, Quade worked for Prudential Insurance Company and held leadership roles in the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, United Way, American Legion, VFW, Heart Fund, the Republican Club, Little League, and the Gypsy Moth Eradication Program. He also was a volunteer assistant to the Montville Township High School (MTHS) athletic director.
Quade said, “I feel honored by this today for my volunteering efforts, but if it weren’t for the fine citizens of Montville, who organized these civic and community organizations, I would not have had the opportunity to volunteer. So today while I am being honored, I would like to pay tribute to the many other township volunteers and township leaders.”
The plaque reminds visitors, “The heroes we honor here fought to keep this republic free of tyranny and safe from the enemies of all free people. Their story reminds us that freedom is not free and always must be vigilantly protected.”