Thursday, November 13th, 2008

The Morris County Freeholders on Nov. 12 presented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to 12 veterans in recognition of their service to our nation.

Freeholder Director Margaret Nordstrom praised the recipients for their service, patriotism and sacrifices.

“You took an oath of service to protect and defend this great nation of ours, and you did so with courage and determination both here, and in conflicts around the world,” Nordstrom told the veterans. “We owe all of you an enormous gratitude.”

Medals were posthumously awarded to World War II veterans Charles B. Jones of Madison; Gordon W. McWilliams of Mountain Lakes; and Donald Silverthorne of Lake Hiawatha. Family members accepted the medals on behalf of each of their deceased loved one.

The freeholders presented medals to Korean War veteran Ronald R. Bauer of Florham Park and Lawrence C. Forno of Convent Station who served during the Cuban missile crisis.

Vietnam veterans honored by the freeholders were Thomas M. Bacon of Morristown; Charles Bradshaw of Mine Hill; James A. Corlett of Madison; Anthony Desimone of Morristown; Dr. Kenneth Gerwin of Morristown; and Gary Flanagan of Dover.

Receiving a medal for his service during the Gulf War was Raymond J. Vito of Cedar Knolls.

Since the freeholders began the program in 2000, more than 8,400 Distinguished Military Service Medals have been presented to veterans or to their family members.

More information about the program may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Veterans Service Office at 973-285-6866.