Military & Veterans

September 23, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - The annual John Basilone Parade marched through Raritan Sunday to honor the legacy of the late Marine. Basilone, of Raritan, received the Medal of Honor for his service during the Battle for Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the Navy Cross posthumously for heroism ...

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RARITAN, NJ - Raritan dignitaries and members of the Basilone family gathered at. St. Joseph’s Church Sept. 21 for the dedication ceremony renaming the Raritan Post Office as the Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Post Office. “This is a special town because of its rich history and the people in the ...

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RARITAN, NJ – USMC Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, a local hero and true American hero, will be honored by the US Postal Service with the naming of the Raritan Post Office in his honor, 73 years after he gave his life on the beaches of Iwo Jima in the closing days of WWII. The ceremony will be held ...

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RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Whatever you do, don’t call it a “hat.” In the Navy, it’s called a “cover,” Township Committeeman Craig O’Brien explained at Tuesday’s Committee meeting, as he placed it on the dais. The Navy has special words for lots of things, O’Brien said. The distinction was ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots will welcome retired U.S. Navy Captain Ron Yeaw of SEAL Team VI to TD Bank Ballpark for the team’s game against the York Revolution scheduled for 7:05 pm on Friday, Aug.17th. Yeaw will be the team’s special guest and will throw out a ceremonial first ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Combat veterans that are recipients of the Purple Heart were honored in ceremonies hosted by the township Tuesday at the Garden of Honor on the grounds of the Municipal Complex, 369 South Branch Road. Mayor Gloria McCauley welcomed the veterans and the public to the ceremony ...

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    SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Office of Veterans Services stands ready to provide a variety of services to service veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam to more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their families. Veterans Services Director Peter Niemiec ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township will host the annual Purple Heart Ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 7th at 6 p.m. at the Garden of Honor on the grounds of the Municipal Complex, 369 South Branch Road. The public is invited to the commemoration which honors the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Sparky Lyle is inviting volunteers to join him at TD Bank Ballpark Saturday morning to help Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,000 personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed around the world. Lyle, Manager Emeritus of the Somerset Patriots, is a ...

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    SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Clerk's Office is issuing Gold Star Parent ID cards to biological parents, legal guardians and other legal custodians of members of the armed forces who died while on active duty for the United States. The cards identify the holder as a Gold Star ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ– Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host an auction of game-worn Somerset Patriots jerseys on Friday, July 6 at TD Bank Ballpark. All proceeds from the silent auction will be used to pay for shipment of personal care packages to US troops deployed overseas. Gates open at 6 p.m.

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            TRENTON, NJ – Legislation Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji and Jamel Holley are sponsors of a bill that would help provide more veterans with counseling, employment and housing services..             “New Jersey’s veteran population is ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ –US Marine LCpl. James J. Langon IV aspired to be a gourmet chef, and planned to attend the New York Culinary Institute when his hitch with the Marines ended. That’s why he chose to be a cook in the Marines, and as fate would have it, he died doing what he liked to do ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Just one month after flinging his mortar board into the sky with his Hillsborugh High School classmates, James Langon, Class of 1981, sat in a barber’s chair having his head shaved before he was fitted for a set of government-issue Marine fatigues. He was 18 years old, and ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – His voice cracked with with emotion, yet he was quick to joke, pausing occasionally to wipe away a tear.  Jim Langenbach shared anecdotes and fond memories of his childhood. He spoke fondly of his best friend, Robert Scherdin, of growing up together as kids in the borough, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - For nearly 150 years America has paused on Memorial Day to remember those who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. In the history of Immaculata High School, there has been only one former student lost in combat, Staff Sgt Andrew Lobosco ’98, an Immaculata Hall ...

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WASHINGTON, DC – Late Friday night, Army veteran Don Moore, a former resident of Somerville concluded his emotional journey across America with thousands of other motorcyclists, all of them veterans, proud to have served their country and resolved to honor their comrades on Memorial Day. Their ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - The US Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a claims clinic for veterans from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hunterdon County Library, 214 Route 12 on Tuesday, March 20. Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker, (D-16) and Roy Freiman (D-16) are the hosts. “Hosting these clinics for our ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -  New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) presented Mary Ellen Florey with the service medals that her late husband, former Warren Mayor Alvin Paul Florey, earned in the United States Marines during the Korean War at a special presentation earlier this week. “Mr. Florey earned these ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - State Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman and his colleague Kristin M. Corrado. (R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex, Morris),  have launched a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by United States troops serving around the world. “Our heroes at home and ...

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FORT HOOD, Texas – Brendan Gallagher, a 2016 graduate of Somerville High School, is back in the USA, ending a six-month deployment in South Korea with the US Army First Air Cavalry. Gallagher, 19, and the men and women of the Second Brigade, First Air Cav arrived at their home base after a long ...

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MANVILLE, NJ - Volunteers are invited to join Operation Shoebox New Jersey staff to commemorate its13th anniversary Feb. 10 and help assemble personal care packages for shipment to U.S. troops in the Mideast and around the world. The packing event will be at the Walter Kavanaugh VFW Post #2290, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hamilton Primary School held its annual Valentine's for Vets program, with hundreds of students sitting down to to create personalized Valentine's Day cards which will be shipped to US troops deployed around the world by Operation Shoebox New Jersey. The non-profit, volunteer ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Wreaths Across America convoy that stopped off in Manville Dec. 13 for ceremonies on its way from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery delivered two memorial wreaths to Somerset County officials. On Friday, ceremonies were held at Veterans Memorial Plaza adjacent to the ...

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WASHINGTON - Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) has secured passage of legislation in the U.S. House that would designate the U.S. Post Office in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Post Office." In a speech before colleagues in the House of Representatives Thursday, Lance ...

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WASHINGTON - Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) has secured passage of legislation in the U.S. House that would designate the U.S. Post Office in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Post Office." In a speech before colleagues in the House of Representatives Thursday, Lance ...

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MANVILLE, NJ  - What has become known as the world's largest veterans' parade will pause for a ceremony at Manville High School on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as the Wreaths Across America 18-truck convoy heads to Arlington National Cemetery for the annual wreath-laying on the graves of US veterans. The ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, joined by Operation Shoebox New Jersey, recruited hundreds of "elves" to help assemble 1,500 Christmas and holiday gift packages for shipment to US troops overseas during the Rotary's VI annual packing event at the Hillsborough YMCA ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Thousands of United States military serving abroad often lack access to many of their favorite snacks and toiletries, an absence that is felt even more keenly during the holiday season. To help ensure members of the military can enjoy this small reminder of home, The Rotary ...

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MANVILLE, NJ – More than 500 volunteers, young and old, helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,500 personal care packages during the XIII annual Military Appreciation packing event held in conjunction with Veterans Day. The event was held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Manville VFW, 600 ...

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