Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
The Morris County Freeholders on Monday evening presented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to 10 veterans, honoring these members of the Lance Cpl. Robert J. Slattery Detachment #206 of the Marine Corp League for their service to our country during and after their days in the military.
|Honored Veterans of the Lance/Cpl. Robert J. Slattery Detachment with the Morris County Freeholders|
Honored at a special ceremony held prior to the county governing board meeting in Morristown were the late Robert. J. Slattery of Hanover, Alan “AJ’’ Wilt of Hanover, Daniel Danzi of Montville, Jimmy Heien of Hanover, Ken Rohlff of Parsippany, Robert Beck of Hanover, James Crupi of Roxbury, Thomas Miller of Hanover, and Horace G. “Al’’ Bischoff of Rockaway Township, all of whom are Marine veterans.
Also honored was Air Force veteran Arthur Bowie of Roxbury.
In addition, Freeholder John Krickus of Washington Township, who is a Marine veteran, received a county medal. County Veterans Services Officer, Charles Jurgensen – also a former Marine – received an “Unsung Hero’’ award for his long-time service to military veterans in Morris County.
|Marine Dan Danzi of Montville, who served during the Korean War, is honored.|
“Across our great country and throughout the world, Americans will pause on Wednesday – for Veterans Day — to honor our brave fighting men and women who, for more than 239 years, have underwritten our freedom by their duty, their honor and their selfless-service,’’ Deputy Freeholder Director said at Monday’s event.
“We recognize that all veterans have given something of themselves to this nation, and some have given everything — laying down their lives to defend the freedoms we hold so dear,’’ he continued. “We honor those great veterans who have given their lives in the defense of liberty and we also recognize all veterans who have bravely and honorably worn the uniform of this great nation.
“To all of our veterans — to you who are here this evening, especially those who are being honored from the Robert J. Slattery Detachment #206 of the Marine Corps League –we have a simple, yet heartfelt message: Thank you, all of you, for your service.’’
|Michael Slattery (left) accepts medal on behalf of his brother from Freeholder John Krickus|
Robert Slattery was a Morris County resident who grew up in the Whippany section of Hanover Township. He was a United States Marine who was killed in action on July 6, 1967, while a member of H&S Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, and 3rd Marine Division by an artillery rocket in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.
It is in Robert’s honor that the Morris County Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Whippany, New Jersey was issued a Charter and renamed the Lance/Cpl. Robert J. Slattery Detachment on Aug. 30, 1967.
His brother, Michael Slattery, accepted the county medal in behalf of his late brother.