SOUTH PLAINFIELD – To honor and recognize those who have proudly served and died in combat for the United States of America, the Hometown Hero Banner Committee has mounted banners along Plainfield Avenue to honor the fallen heroes.  The endeavor was implemented in September 2019 by the Borough of South Plainfield, in partnership with American Legion Chaumont Post 243, VFW Post 6763 and Elks Lodge 2298, along with Joe Sacco.  

In February 2019, Phase 2 of the Hometown Hero Program was announced with the purpose of lining Hamilton Boulevard with banners to honor all veterans whether they are retired, honorably discharged or deceased.  The banners will be placed along Hamilton Boulevard on July 4 and will remain up through Veterans’ Day.  Residents were given the opportunity to nominate a South Plainfield veteran and purchase a banner in honor of their service.  The deadline for entries was February 28, 2020.  Nominations were limited and nominees were subject to eligibility requirements.    

“The Hometown Hero Banner Committee is pleased to announce that the implementation of the second phase of the program was a major success,” said Councilman Derryck White.  “The response was amazing with 63 applications received.  The placement of the second phase Hometown Hero Banners will coincide with Independence Day 2020.” 

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Banners currently displayed along Plainfield Avenue include: S/Sgt. Paul Cybowski, World War II (Army Air Forces), Sgt. Trista L. Moretti, Operation Iraqi Freedom (Army), PFC Carl Wenzel, Jr, World War II (Army), S/1C Leonard Piersante, Korea (Navy), PFC Anthony Schillaci, Jr, World War II (Army), AG3 John Libourel, World War II (Navy), Lt. Myron Morrill, World War II (Army Air Forces), PFC Vincent Nunnink, World War II (Army), Sgt. Michael Puha, World War II (Army), PFC Donald Ranger, World War II (Army), PFC William Skene, Jr, World War II (Army), S/1C Michael Tooz, World War II (Navy), PFC Patrick Yurgel, World War II (Army), S/1C John Vakerich, World War II (Navy), PFC Carmine DeSepio, World War II (Army), PFC Donald Fredericks, World War II (Army), M/Sgt Pasquale Famularo, Korea (Navy), Sgt. Edward Gruszcynski, World War II (Army), Lt. Francis Gubernat, Jr, World War II (Army Air Forces), PFC Theodore Jankoski, World War II (Army), MM/2C Henry Case, World War II (Navy), PFC John Caffrey, World War II (Army), PFC Fred Bollinger, World War II (Army), Sgt. Antonio Bianculli, World War II (Army), PFC Carmine DeFillipo, World War II (Army), S/1C Robert Cook, World War II (Navy), PFC Robert Carbray, Korea (Army), Lt. Robert Frase, World War II (Army), PFC Joseph Zwolak, World War II (Army), and PFC George Celentano (Marines).

More information can be obtained by contacting South Plainfield Hometown Heroes Committee spnjheroes@gmail.com or Councilman Derryck White dwhite@southplainfieldnj.com