NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence resident and World War II veteran, Rocco Romano and Bridgewater resident and World War II veteran John Smith were awarded the 70 year continuous service certificate from the American Legion National Headquarters, in recognition of their continuous service and dedication as members of the New Providence American Legion Post 433. 

Post 433 Commander Paul Dormont said, “Both Rocco Romano and John Smith have been important members of our American Legion Post since 1946, and have displayed a great dedication to country, community and veteran causes for the past 70 years. Both are part of America’s greatest generation, who understood the meaning of duty and selfless service.”

John Smith entered in the Navy as an 18 year old in 1942 and served for close to 4 years as a PT Boat Torpedoman’s mate in the 7th Fleet. 

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Rocco Romano achieved the rank of Staff Sargent during his service in World War II, working as Medic before receiving his honorable discharge from the 428 Medical Company in 1946. 

Photo Caption: The Post Commander of New Providence American Legion Post 433, Paul Dormont presents World War II veteran, John Smith with the American Legion 70 year Continuous Service Certificate, while Vietnam veteran Sean McGovern looks on.