Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016


 Military veterans from across Morris County, and representing a host of military conflicts from World War II and Korea to Vietnam and Afghanistan, were honored today at Morris County’s sunbaked Memorial Day ceremony, sponsored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders and conducted on the lawn of the historic County Courthouse in Morristown.

World War II veteran Herman Rosenberg (2nd from left) with Freeholder Hank Lyon, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo

World War II veteran Herman Rosenberg (2nd from left) with Freeholder Hank Lyon, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo

Honorees included 99-year-old U.S. Army and World War II veteran Herman Rosenberg of Mount Olive, via many years in Morristown; husband and wife veterans Robert and Mildred Grant of Flanders; Alan Frenzel and his late father Arthur Arno Frenzel of Morristown.

“We gather here to honor those members of the military who have left us too soon, to honor those who have served in our military forces and to those who continue to serve,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

“When we spend time this Memorial Day weekend with our friends and families, enjoying the fun of a holiday weekend, please take a moment to pause and remember that we are only able to do so because of their sacrifice. For this we can never thank them enough.’’

 The full list of honorees were:

  • James Cavanaugh, Morris Township, U.S. Army National Guard 1964-70
  • Scott Fleming, Florham Park, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1986-94
  • Alan Frenzel, Morristown, the U.S. Army National Guard, 1973-86
  • Arthur Arno Frenzel (his father), Morristown, U.S. Army National Guard, 1947-89
  • Phillip Gaffney, Morristown, U.S. Navy, 1967-70
  • Arthur Giordano, Pompton Plains, U.S. Army, 1953-56
  • Mildred (Midge) Grant, Flanders, U.S. Army, 1967-70
  • Robert Grant Jr. (her hiusband), Flanders, U.S. Army, 1967-70
  • Juan Guerra-Cruz, Mount Olive, U.S. Army-Korea War, 1953-56
  • Herman Rosenberg, Mount Olive, U.S.-WW II-Philippines, 1941-46

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Freeholders DeFillippo, Doug Cabana, Hank Lyon, Tom Mastrangelo, John Cesaro and Christine Myers were joined at the event by Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, Sheriff Ed Rochford, Surrogate John Pecoraro, Superior Court Assignment Judge and U.S. Army veteran Stuart Minkowitz, and retired Superior Court Assignment Judge and Vietnam War veteran Thomas Weisenbeck.

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Lt. Col. Edward C. Croot, Battalion Commander of the U.S. Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, and a veteran of conflicts in Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan-Pakistan, Yemen, Zambia, and special terrorism advisor to the U.S. Ambassador in Bangladesh, was the keynote speaker.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Edward C. Croot

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Edward C. Croot

“Every person being honored today, and every veteran in this audience deserves our support and respect,’’ said Croot, who grew up in Long Valley, and who broke down several times during his speech and he recounted the loss of comrades in arms. “They are special people who have sacrificed so much for our country.’’

The county’s Memorial Day ceremony featured the freeholders presenting the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal to the 10 honored Morris County veterans in recognition of their service to our nation.

The ceremony featured the Marine Corps Color Guard, Golf Co, 2nd Battalion, 25th Regiment from Picatinny Arsenal; the Morris County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard, an invocation by Rev. Msgr. Patrick E. Brown of Catholic Charities of the Catholic Diocese of Paterson, patriotic songs by the Lakeview School Select Chorus of Denville, and a wreath laying featuring Judge Weisenbeck and Sheriff’s Detective Moire Reilly.

Memorial 1The county’s Distinguished Service Medal is unique to Morris County and features the county seal encircled with the words, “Morris County Distinguished Military Service,” on the front.  An outline of the county and the American flag is on the back of the medal, along with the words, “Morris County Freeholders Military Commemorative.”

Each medal’s striped ribbon is the color of the specific conflict during which the veteran served.

Since the freeholders began the program in 2000, nearly 10,000 medals have been presented to veterans or to their family members.