ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- On Thursday night, the Robbinsville Township Council honored the life and legacy of John Kapferer, the Commander-in-Chief of the local American Legion Post 530 who recently passed away. The Council passed a resolution at their meeting to honor Kapferer who passed away on April 17 at the age of 75 after battling Leukemia.
On Monday, May 4, the street where Kapferer lived -- Newtown Boulevard -- will be temporarily renamed in his honor and lined with American flags to be planted by members of the Boy Scouts.
Kapferer moved to Robbinsville 14-years ago. He was drafted at a young age, and completed Officer's Candidate School, to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam for which he was awarded four Purple Heart medals, a Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Service Award, and an Army Commendation.
In 1972, Kapferer retired from active duty then joined the Army Reserve. After 30 years of total service, Kapferer retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He continued to advocate for his fellow veterans as a member of the American Legion Post 530, including leading it as Commander-in-Chief.
In his hometown of Robbinsvivlle, Kapferer served on the local Planning Board, Zoning Board, and a state appointment to the NJ Noise Control Council. He also gave back to the community through countless hours to Combat Vets at Lyons and to Boy Scouts of America; and as a Eucharistic Minister with St. Gregory the Great Church in Hamilton.
Kapferer also was known to share smiles and laughter in the community and around the world as Clem T. Clown.
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