Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The Morris County Freeholders presented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals this Veterans Day week to 11 veterans in recognition of their service to our country.

Freeholder Director Gene F. Feyl told the group the freeholders were honored to pay tribute to individuals who proudly served this nation here and abroad. He said it was appropriate the recognition came during the week Veterans Day is observed.

“From the birth of our nation to today’s war on terrorism, all generations have been asked to defend our freedom,” Feyl said. “And, during this Veterans Day week, it is you we honor, you who have so honorably worn the uniform of our great nation.”

The freeholders presented the medals to World War II veteran Thomas Bubryckie of Chester; Korean War veterans Robert Axt of Boonton and Augustine “Gus” Magistro of Wharton; and Vietnam veterans Norus Achmetov of Boonton; Robert Drexler of Landing; Karl Hipp of Randolph; Frank Malone of Lake Hopatcong; and John Reilly of Brookside.

Medals were also received by post-Vietnam veterans Hugh James Coghlan IV of Mountain Lakes; Barry Kaplan of Lake Hiawatha; and Gregory J. Somjen of Dover.

“The freeholders and all of the residents of Morris County are extremely grateful for your service,” Feyl told the recipients.

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.