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War Veterans Receiving Medals at Hunterdon 4-H Fair

Here's the start of the veteran's recognition ceremony at last year's Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. Credits: Terry Wright

EAST AMWELL, NJ - A total of 13 men who are military veterans will be recognized with the Hunterdon County Veterans Recognition Medal at the county 4-H and Agricultural Fair tomorrow.

That brings the total to more than 1,500 the number of men and women honored in the program the freeholders instituted it in 2003. Veterans who served during wars and specified conflicts are eligible for the county medal.

The newest group will be cited in a program, set to start around 4 p.m., as part of the opening ceremonies on the fair’s Main Stage. Several people will speak, including Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7th) who lives in Clinton Township.

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Many of those cited will be attending. But Norman Dennis Morsbach will be honored posthumously. An Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, he lived in Raritan Township.

Here are the names and details of the other 2016 recipients: Gary Edward Anderson, Air Force, Vietnam, Califon; Samuel Barcellona Jr., Army, World War II, Readington Township; John Andrew Biegel, Army, Vietnam, Raritan Township; Patrick Michael Chandler, Army, Iraq, Flemington; Robert DeChellis, Army, Vietnam, Lebanon Township; Mitchell Mark Fiorino, Army, Iraq, Holland Township; Robert Martin Horn Jr., Army, Vietnam, Holland Township; Joseph Salvatore Nastasi, Army, Vietnam, Raritan Township; Thomas William Rue, Army, Vietnam, East Amwell Township; Manuel Anthony Silva Jr., Army, Vietnam, Holland Township; John Bruce Smith III, Air Force, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia, Raritan Township; Russell William Snyder, Marine Corps, Vietnam, Lebanon Township.

The fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 28 at South County Park, 1207 Route 179 between Ringoes and Lambertville.

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