WOODLAND PARK, NJ – On Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m. the Woodland Park Borough Council, Board of Education and American Legion Post #238 will rededicate memorials to the borough’s 14 fallen soldiers. The Killed In Action Memorial is located on the front lawn of Memorial School.
Over the years, trees were planted and dedicated on the property to 14 soldiers who were killed in action in World War II and Vietnam. Special Police Officer Bill Gilhooley, who works part of his day at Memorial School, and Police Sgt. Tom Bolen, initiated the project seeing the disrepair of the original monuments and conditions of the old trees. Some trees had died and been removed over time as well.
Over spring break, the Department of Public Works removed all the trees and prepared the land. The American Legion #238, under the direction of Erik Luker, funded the refurbishment or replacement of all the plaques. Sgobba Monument in Totowa created the monument. Money from the borough’s Open Space Trust Fund covered the landscaping costs, which was done by Spinella Landscaping.
The 14 soldiers honored on the monuments are:
Sgt. Walter (Wadeslaw) Borkowski (US Army, World War II)
PVT Nicholas Fillipone (US Army, World War II)
PFC Wail (“Bill”) Hromiak (USMC, World War II)
William Kay (World War II)
T/3 Michael Lorzorvich (US Army, World War II)
T/3/4 Frank E. Pascale (US Army, World War II)
Lt. Charles Tiessen (US Army, World War II)
T/5 Donald C. Vetrone (US Army, World War II)
Cpl. Frederick L. Wallace (US Army, World War II)
T/4 John Zambrano (US Army, World War II)
Joseph Zendzian (US Army, World War II)
Lt. Anthony Borrego (US Army, Vietnam)
Spec. Harold J. Van Winkle (US Army, Vietnam)
PFC Anthony A. Verbickas (US Army, Vietnam)