Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Morris County Freeholders presented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to 11 county veterans March 14 in recognition of their military service.

The medals were presented during a ceremony in Morristown, during which Freeholder Director William Chegwidden thanked the veterans, on behalf of all Morris County citizens, for their service.

“The many freedoms we enjoy and continue to defend today were won over the years by the courageous actions of many Americans like you, the veterans we honor today,” Chegwidden told the recipients.

Those receiving medals were Army veterans Leo E. Rabinowitz of Whippany; Richard Gamsby of Montville; and James Auriemma, Robert C. Oehley and Vincent Nasilli, all of Morristown.

Navy veterans Joseph Noonan of Florham Park; Donald W. Schuld of Flanders; Dieter Rosellen of Morris Plains; and Ronald Welch of Lake Hiawatha also received medals as did Marine veterans Robert Blaszak of Wharton and James Gervasio of Morristown.

Photos from the ceremony are available online at

The freeholders started the recognition program in 1999, and have since presented more than 9,000 medals to veterans who have served during conflicts from World War II to today’s war against terrorism.

To be eligible, a veteran 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 are required.

Veterans or their family members must register with the Morris County Department of Human Services at 973-285-6866.