Posted Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The Morris County Freeholders on Aug. 11 honored eight veterans for their service to our nation by presenting each of them with the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal.

The freeholders started the recognition program in 1999 when they began awarding commemorative medals to Morris County veterans, living or deceased, who participated in the 1944 D-Day invasion and the liberation of France from German occupation.

Since then, the freeholders have presented more than 9,000 medals to veterans who have served during conflicts from World War II to today’s war against terrorism.

Those whose names were added to the list of medal recipients were Army veterans Raymond Schmitt of Parsippany; Navy veteran John Jandura Jr., of Towaco; Navy veteran Angelo Scalo of Morris Plains; Army veteran Willie Richardson of Morris Plains; Marine veteran Fredrick Orejola of Long Valley; Army veteran George O’Dell of Roxbury; Army veteran Joe Delloiacovo of Randolph; and Army veteran Wilfredo Rodriguez of Dover.

Eligibility requirements for receiving a Distinguished Military Service Medal include having served on active duty, not for training, during periods that have been designated by Department of Veterans Affairs and for which a veteran is eligible for battle pins.

The individual may be a current or former Morris County resident, but did not have to live in the county during his or her time of active duty. A veteran must have received an honorable discharge, and discharge papers will be required for proof of service.

To register for the program or to obtain additional information contact the Morris County Veterans Service Office at 973-285-6866.