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13th Annual Gloucester County Military Service Medal Ceremony

109 County Veterans will be honored this Saturday

(West Deptford, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host the 13th Annual presentation of the Gloucester County Military Service Medal on Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013, 11 am, at RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that 109 medals presented (12 posthumously) with approximately 300 people in attendance.  
“We hold this ceremony to honor our veterans who reside in Gloucester County as a small token of thanks for their service,” said Damminger.  “Whether our veterans served in wartime or peacetime, they took a tremendous risk of their own personal safety in order to protect our nation and they deserve our gratitude,” Damminger stated.
Damminger said that the Gloucester County Military Service Medal was designed and commissioned by the Board of Freeholders in 2001 for all Gloucester County Veterans who have served on active duty in the military and received an honorable discharge.  Since that time, Gloucester County has presented 5,250 medals to the men and women who have so bravely served our nation. 
Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe (Joe) Chila said, “Every day when we turn on the news we are reminded that our servicemen and women put their love of country above all else to serve. This medal shows that we do not forget about our military personnel during their service or after their honorable discharge.”   Deputy Director Chila is the Liaison to the County Office Veterans Affairs.
Chila said Gloucester County operates a full time Veterans Affairs Office; a full-time Gloucester County VA Health Clinic; and is home to the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery where over 2238 eligible veterans, their spouses or dependents have been laid to rest. 
The ceremony is open to the public and should last approximately one hour.  Lt. Colonel Bill Vankat, USMC (retired) will present the medals to the veterans, the Semper Fidelis Detachment of the Marine Corps League will serve as Color Guard, Sergeant Major USA Christopher Di Tizio will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, Reverend Glenn D. Chaplin, Downer United Methodist Church of Williamstown will deliver the invocation and benediction.
Medal recipients:
Adams, James T. Jr. - Woodbury
Ashe, Daniel C. - Glassboro
Bailey, Daniel Jr. - Pitman
Branson, John L.  - Williamstown
Buelow, William E. Jr.* - Clayton
Burd, Robert M.  - Williamstown
Burks, Anthony J. - Deptford
Calvo, Peter J. - Glassboro
Carr, Albert E. Jr.= Mantua
Carr, John H. IV – Woodbury Heights
Carter, Earl - Williamstown
Chadwick, Leon E. Jr. - Williamstown
Clark, Howard A. - Woodbury
Cocciolone, John F. * - Woodbury
Cole, Murray L.  - Wenonah
Conley, Danny B.  - Mantua
Cooper, Jarrod H. - Mantua
Corsey, Wallace Jr. - Glassboro
Cortes, Wilfredo  - Williamstown
Craig, John A.  – Washington Township
Crompton, Charles J. Sr. – Woodbury Heights
Dargan, Ronnie  - Mantua
Debus, Alvin P. * - Pitman
DeFrancisco, Enio J. -  Glassboro
De Stefano, Anthony  - Sewell
Di Filippantonio, Michael J. - Gibbstown
Divers, Arnold L.  - Glassboro
Ealey, Jerome - Glassboro
Elmer, Anthony G.  - Deptford
Evans, Albert F.  – Washington Township
Flagg, Fred H.  - Deptford
Flynn, John M.  - Turnersville
Gigante, John A. Sr. - Deptford
Gigliotti, John J. – West Deptford
Gillespie, Thomas R.  - Wenonah
Gittelman, Edwin N. -  Washington Township
Golden, Stanley  -  Williamstown
Grink, Edward P. Jr. - Williamstown
Hall, Charles J.  - Deptford
Hanratty, Richard A. - Woolwich
Hayes, Brian M.  - Woodbury
Iannelli, Ryan K.*  KIA - Clarksboro
Jacobsen, Richard B. -  Deptford
Jaramillo, Richard W.  - Woolwich
Johnson, Walter H. Jr. - Sewell
Johnston, Jennifer M.  - Williamstown
Kelly, James W.  - Mantua
Kerchner, John W. E. III - Grenloch
Kerr, Michael P.  - Mantua
Killingsworth, James W.  - Franklinville
Kunze, Jack I.  - Westville
Lash, Richard M.- Williamstown
Lacina, Joseph A.  - Mantua
Leary, Patrick W. - Mantua
Lindstrom, Bruce T. - Glassboro
Loeb, Josef J.  - Thorofare
Luna, Artemio L. Jr. – Washington Township
McCoy, John – McCoy –Woodbury Heights
Mc Govern, Robert P.  - Wenonah
McLeod, Alfred H.  – Mullica Hill
Moffa, Joseph Jr. – Mullica Hill
Morris, Gary G.- Westville
Muench, Herbert J.* - West Deptford
Mulholland, Corey A.  - Deptford
Murphy, Joseph M. Jr. - Clayton
Murphy, Michael A. - Franklinville
Naumann, Walter C. - Woodbury
Noonan, Walter J. Sr.* - Deptford
Orlando, Marco A.  - Clarksboro
Ortiz, Luis R.  - Williamstown
Paladino, Joseph A.  – Washington Township
Pasquini, Philip A.  - Turnersville
Patterson, Elmer E. IV - Pitman
Peters, Dennis J. - Mantua
Pierson, Roy L. Jr. - Williamstown
Pirrotta, Anthony G. – Mullica Hill
Pluta, Kevin M. - Glassboro
Potter, Richard T. – National Park
Pzswaro, Adam M.*  KIA  - Gibbstown
Pszwaro, Oscar J. * - Gibbstown
Renner, Jules R. - Williamstown
Ridel, Elizabeth D.  - Williamstown
Ridel, William T.  - Swedesboro
Robinson, Rodney S.  - Sicklerville
Rochford, Joseph P.- Williamstown
Saeli, Thomas R. – Mullica Hill
Scavelli, Robert W. Jr. – West Deptford
Simpson, Nathaniel D., USA, Ret - Glassboro
Skill, William G.  -  Deptford
Slowinski, Helen E. * - Westville
Slowinski, Raymond J.  - Westville
Smith, Ronald K.* - Glassboro
Sozio, Michael A.* - Woodbury
Spence, Elmer - Woolwich
Spinola, John M. – Paulsboro
Stadtler, Thomas E. - Sewell
Stover, Ellen M.  - Deptford
Stunder, William J. Jr. - Deptford
Tahamont, David Jr. - Paulsboro
Thompson, John C. - Clayton
Tucker, David R.  - Williamstown
Vitoritt, James – Washington Township
Warming, William H.  - Clarksboro
Washington, Kenneth G.  - Williamstown
Wells, Nero Jr. - Wenonah
White, Michelle C.  - Glassboro
Williams, Delwood -  Williamstown
Wilson, Joseph J. - Thorofare
Wood, William J. B*  WWI Veteran - Pitman

*Denotes passed on/presented posthumously.