MORRISTOWN, NJ - Military veterans from across Morris County, and representing military conflicts from World War II and Vietnam to Operation Iraqi Freedom were honored at Morris County’s Memorial Day ceremony in Morristown on Wednesday May 22.
The Freeholders presented the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal to the seven honored Morris County veterans in recognition of their service to our nation. Morristown resident Glenn D. McGuill (U.S. Army) was honored along with Carlos D. Gonzalez (U.S. Army) of Mine HIll, Victor Camaya (U.S. Army) of Montville, Kevin Nealon (U.S. Army) of Flanders, Michael W. O'Neill (U.S. Army) of Budd Lake, George Orth (U.S. Army) of Roxbury and Elsie Maas (U.S. Army) of Mt. Arlington.
McGuill served in the U.S. Army from August 1967 to July 1970, and in the N.J. National Guard in 1984-85. He deployed to Vietnam in February 1968 and served for one year in country, driving a convoy truck for the 15th Transportation, 1st Cavalry Division in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Two Overseas Bars, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and awards as Expert M14 and Marksman M16. Following Vietname, he was stationed at Fort Monmouth from March 1969 to January 1970 at the Army's Automatic Digital Information Network (Autodin) training school as instructor assistant. He deployed to Mannheim, West Germany, with the 28th Transportation Battalion as the battalion communications NCO (non-commissioned officer) for six months. He was honorably discharged in July 1970.
Fourteen years later, Glenn enlisted in the 3rd Battalion, 112 Field Artillery, N.J. National Guard at Morristown Armory. He served from Oct. 1984 to Oct. 1985.
“We in Morris County honor those Americans, who have served with honor in the armed forces, and we honor those Americans who have given their lives while serving to preserve our freedoms,’’ Freeholder Director Doug Cabana said at today’s event.
“As President Harry Truman said, ‘Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.’”
The county’s Distinguished Service Medal is unique to Morris County and features the county seal encircled with the words, “Morris County Distinguished Military Service,” on the front. An outline of the county and the American flag is on the back of the medal, along with the words, “Morris County Freeholders Military Commemorative.”
Each medal’s striped ribbon is the color of the specific conflict during which the veteran served.
Since the freeholders began the program in 2000, nearly 10,000 medals have been presented to veterans or to their family members.