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Posted Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Military Veterans from WWII, Vietnam, Middle East Conflicts to Receive County Medals

Military veterans from across Morris County, and representing a host of military conflicts from Vietnam to Operation Enduring Freedom and Desert Storm, will be honored on Wednesday, May 22, 12 noon, at the Board of Freeholders’ annual Memorial Day event to be held on the lawn of the historic Morris County Courthouse in Morristown.Freeholders to Honor Veterans at 2019 Memorial Day Event

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army veteran Amery Vasso, who served in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, and is now Commander of the American Legion in Morris County.

The wreath will be laid by Anne Doltz, the sister of U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan Doltz of Mine Hill, who was killed in action in 2004 in Iraq; and U.S. Army Bronze Star recipient Michael Scuzzese, who served with Ryan Doltz on the battlefield.

“In Morris County, we honor those Americans, like Amery Vasso, who have served admirably in  the armed forces, and we honor those Americans, like Ryan Doltz, who have given their lives while serving to preserve our freedoms,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

Freeholders Cabana, Heather Darling, Tom Mastrangelo, Kathy DeFillippo, Deborah Smith, John Krickus and Stephen Shaw invite county residents to attend the event.

The Memorial Day ceremony will feature the freeholders presenting the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal to seven honored Morris County veterans in recognition of their service to our nation.  

Freeholders award medal at the 2018 Memorial Day event

Freeholders award medal at the 2018 Memorial Day event

The list of honorees include:

  • Victor E. Camaya, Montville, U.S. Army
  • Carlos D. Gonzalez, Wharton, U.S. Army
  • Elsie Maas, Mt. Arlington, U.S. Navy
  • Glenn D. McGuill, Morristown, U.S. Army
  • Kevin Nealon, Mt. Olive, U.S. Army
  • Michael O’Neill, Mt. Olive, U.S. Army
  • George Orth, Roxbury, U.S. Army and Navy

Ms. Maas served during World War II at Naval headquarters in Washington D.C. directly for the naval commander.

The 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, some 10,000 medals have been presented to veterans or to their family members.

The May 22 ceremony, to be held rain or shine, also will feature the Marine Corps Color Guard, Golf Co, 2nd Battalion, 25th Regiment from Picatinny Arsenal; the Morris County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard; an invocation by Pastor David G. Boone of Parsippany, a previous county veterans’ medal recipient; and patriotic songs by the Lakeview School Select Chorus of Denville.

Students from the Lakeview School in Denville singing at the 2018 event

Students from the Lakeview School in Denville singing at the 2018 event