FANWOOD, NJ -- While the traditional events such as the Memorial Day Concert and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25, were canceled, the towns have devised alternative ways to their fallen heroes.

Mayor Colleen Mahr and (fewer than ten) local officials and veterans will gather on the steps of the Fanwood Memorial Library to formally recognize the valor and heroism of the borough's 12 fallen heroes at 9:00 a.m. The public is discouraged from attending because of social distancing regulations.

However, the ceremony will be live-streamed on Fanwood’s Facebook page and also recorded for Fanwood's cable TV channels on Comcast and Fios. The borough has also created Gold Star Video Tributes from Fanwoodians that will be accessible this weekend. 

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After the Fanwood ceremony, officials and veterans will head to the Scotch Plains War Memorial (corner of Park Ave. and Front Street) to honor the township's 21 fallen heroes from WWI, WWII, and Korea. (No residents of Scotch Plains were killed in Vietnam or in the conflicts since then.)

Additionally, Fanwood has created a Gold Star Walk to recognize its residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle. The Gold Star signs have been placed on the streets of the borough that are named for its fallen heroes. If you are unable to do the walking tour (map accompanies this story), the entire group of signs has been placed at Borough Hall (75 Martine Ave.) for Memorial Day.

The honorees are:

Ernest Ashworth (Ashworth Court)
WWII    
US Navy -- Petty Officer, First Class
KIA: Monday, December 18, 1944                     
Son of Ernest and Son of Irene Ashworth of Madison Ave.
Awarded Purple Heart
Buried: Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cemetery, Ashippun, Dodge County, Wisconsin

Petty Officer Ashworth was lost at sea when the USS Spence went down during Typhoon Cobra (315 lives lost).

William J. Brohm III (Brohm Place)         
WWII    
U.S. Army Air Forces -- Second Lieutenant, 722nd Bomber Squadron, 450th Bomber Group     
KIA: Tuesday, February 22, 1944          
Son of William J. Brohm, Jr., who lived on Russell Road in Fanwood.
Awarded Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart  
Buried: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium   

William Brohm enlisted in the Army on March 13, 1942, in Newark. At the time of his enlistment, he was employed as a laboratory technician and was single with no dependents. He served as a second lieutenant and bombardier on B-24H ""Galloping Ghost." 

Charles Stuart "Stu" Burns III (Burns Way)
Vietnam           
US Army -- Captain, 1st Aviation Brigade, 210th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 184th Aviation Company   
DOB January 26, 1941
KIA: Wednesday, September 28, 1966          
Son of Charles Stuart Burns II and Marie Louise Riebes.
Buried: Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover, NJ

Known as Stu, Capt. Burns died in an air crash on land in South Vietnam, Quang Tri province.

Richard W. Gere (Gere Place)
WWII    
US Navy -- Petty Officer Third Class           
KIA: Monday, March 25, 1946               
Killed during combat mission over South China Sea.
Son of Robert and Ivy Gere of Chetwood Terrace in Fanwood.
Awarded Air Medal, Purple Heart
Buried: Manila American Cemetery Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines    

Theodore F. Ginder (Ginder Place)
WWII    
US Army -- Private, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division
KIA: Friday, November 5, 1943  
Awarded Purple Heart                 
Buried: Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy              

Eugene W. Hendricks (Hendricks Street)
Vietnam           
US Air Force -- Staff Sergeant, 6250th Support Squadron
DOB: July 13, 1946
KIA: October 21, 1968
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Hendricks of Laurel Place in Fanwood
Awarded Air Medal,
Buried: Lake Nelson Memorial Cemetery, Piscataway, NJ

After graduating from Holy Trinity High School in Westfield in 1964, he went on to college at St. John Fischer College in Rochester, NY, where he was a pre-med student.  He enjoyed basketball, baseball, and played guitar in his own band. With only 17 days remaining in his tour, Hendricks was killed on a C-47 transport plane flying military personnel from Saigon to Hong Kong for R&R.

Edward M. Klaniecki (Klaniecki Place)
Vietnam           
US Army -- Specialist Four, B CO, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry
DOB: August 31, 1948
KIA: Friday, May 9, 1969           
Awarded Bronze Star (Merit), Purple Heart and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Buried: Beverly National Cemetery, Burlington County, NJ

John T. MacDermott (MacDermott Place)
WWII   
US Army -- Second Lieutenant
KIA: Sunday, October 10, 1943             
Son of Charles and Antoinette MacDermott of S. Martine Ave.
Awarded Purple Heart

Hugh MacLennan (MacLennan Place)
WWII    
Royal Canadian Air Force -- Warrant Officer Class II. 408 Squadron. Air Gunner
KIA: Friday, January 14, 1944               
Son of Hugh and Lillian M. MacLennan of Russell Rd in Fanwood
Buried: Hanover War Cemetery Germany 

The son of a Scottish native, MacLennan served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII.            

Edward Stagaard (Stagaard Place)
WWII    
US Army -- Sergeant, 346th Infantry Regiment, 87th Division
KIA: Thursday, December 14, 1944
Son of Philip and Jeanette Stagaard of Hunter Ave.
Awarded Purple Heart
Buried: Lake Nelson Memorial Cemetery, Piscataway, NJ

Walter R. Stewart (Steward Place)
WWII    
U.S. Army Air Forces -- Staff Sergeant, 413 AAF Bomb Squad
KIA: Monday, July 24, 1944
Son of Walter S. and Agnes Stewart of Midway Place in Fanwood                             
Awarded Purple Heart
Buried: Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains, NJ

Staff Sgt. Steward graduated from SPFHS in 1937 and worked as a postal clerk at the Fanwood Post Office. During the war, he was a radioman and an upper turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress.

Donald E. Vinton (Vinton Circle)
WWII    
US Navy -- Petty Officer Third Class           
KIA: Friday, November 13, 1942            
Son of Ambrose and Myrtle Vinton of North Ave. in Fanwood.
Awarded Purple Heart
Buried: Manila American Cemetery Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.

Editor's Note: On Friday, TAPintoSPF will feature Scotch Plains' Gold Star Heroes.

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