Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Morris County Freeholders on Sept. 9 presented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to nine veterans in recognition of their service to our country.

Freeholder Director Gene F. Feyl praised the recipients for their patriotism and sacrifices, and told them the freeholders were honored to pay tribute to individuals who proudly served this nation here and abroad.

“You belong to a group of very special Americans we proudly call veterans,” Feyl told the recipients. “The freeholders and all of the residents of Morris County are extremely grateful for your service.”

The freeholders presented medals to Vietnam veterans Charles H. “Chuck” Collins, Jr., of Ledgewood, and Philip H. Wittnebert of Oak Ridge.

Medals were also received by post-Vietnam veterans Adan Albrecht of Flanders; Michael T. Bergeron of Budd Lake; John E. Fuson of Port Murray; Scott Moncavio of Randolph; Christopher Gracia of Pequannock; and Thomas Frodella of Riverdale.

A medal was posthumously awarded by the freeholders to Vietnam veteran Charles L. Harden of Wharton.

Since the freeholders began the program in 2000, more than 8,950 medals that are unique to Morris County 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.