WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Mr. Philip Mizzone was honored by Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Borough Council at the May 30 meeting for his service to the country and borough.

Mayor Kazmark presented Mr. Mizzone with a proclamation honoring him for his lifetime of service, protecting our country and ensuring the safety and welfare of the community in which he has lived for 96 years. He was also presented a Citation for Service from Second Vice Commander Jairo Rodriguez of American Legion Post 238.  

Mr. Mizzone, born on April 11, 1922, has been a life-long Borough resident. He served in the U. S. Navy in World War II. Mizzone was a Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class in the engine room on the USS Benson DD-421, a highly decorated destroyer that accompanied Allied ships in the Atlantic Ocean, saw action in the Mediterranean Sea and along the southern coast of France before being deployed to the Pacific theater, where it supported U.S. carriers in the Battle of Wake Island.

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Upon his return home, he joined American Legion Post 238, where he is the oldest living member after 73 years. In 1948 he joined the West Paterson Fire Co. 1, where is actively served for 18 years. He remains a social member.

Mr. Mizzone and his wife Ellie raised their four children in the Borough. He also served as president of the Board of Health and once ran for a Municipal Council seat. After working for the Borough as a part-time tax assessor from 1958 to 1975, followed by appointments as the plumbing inspector, building inspector, and construction official, he retired from public service in 1988.