Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516
Remembering Our World War II Veterans
Friday, October 26, 2012 (Week 18)
In conjunction with the new exhibit, “Loved Ones Go to War: Local Stories of World War II,” the Museum is honoring deceased local World War II veterans with a flag raising ceremony each week from June 29 to December 7, 2012.
Every Friday at 6:30 p.m., a new flag will be raised at the Eden Woolley House and fly in honor of that week's veteran. The flag can be provided by the family or the Museum.
Local Boy Scouts from Troop 70 (Oakhurst), Troop 71 (Oakhurst) and Troop 76 (Wayside), veterans organizations or other groups will officiate over the raising and lowering of the flags. A sign in front of the flag pole will give information about the veteran being honored. The family and the public are welcome.
In order that the flag ceremony take place before sundown, the flag ceremonies for October 19, October 26 and November 2 will begin at 6:00 pm.
Cpl. Charles G. Kersmarki, U.S. Marine Corps
Charles was part of the First Marine Division 'Old Breed' who entered the Marine Corps, five days after Pearl Harbor. He did boot training at Parris Island, South Carolina, then sent to Panama where he did guard duty, worked the locks, and received jungle warfare training and earned sharp shooter status. He was stationed at Earle, New Jersey and then sent to the Pacific and participated in combat action on Okinawa where he was wounded at Ryukyu Islands, Purple Heart and took part in the occupation of China. He was discharged at the Marine Separation Center, Great Lakes, Illinois on February 13, 1946.
Andrew Vecchione, U.S. Army
Entered Army in February, 1941 Was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where he was an Infantrymen Rifleman who served in South Africa against Rommel at the Kasserine Pass in Combat in Tunisia in February, 1943. He worked with prisoners of war in Africa and was also an interpreter to prisoners and gave the information to allied officials. He was wounded twice and received 2 Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Bronze Star Medal. He was Honorably Discharged at Camp Upton, New York on June 30, 1945. He was 100% disabled.
Lt. Clement Vecchione, U.S. Army
He was an Army Officer who served in New Caledonia. Graduated Georgetown University Law School and served as an Adjudication Lawyer for Veterans.
Sgt. Louis Delondardo, U.S. Army
Served at the allied landings at Normandy Beach, France. France awarded a Special Medal of Honor on the 55th Anniversary of the Invasion presented by the People of France at Ft. Monmouth, NJ
Alex Delondardo, U.S. Army
Enlisted on April 17, 1942. He was stationed at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, Then sent to Camp Crowder, Missouri for basic training. Shipped overseas to France and Germany.
Alfred Delondardo, U.S. Army
Enlisted February 14, 1942 in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas and sent overseas in the Cavalry in France And Germany.
Stephen J. Vetrano, U.S. Navy
Inducted into the Navy April 17, 1943. Received boot training at Bainbridge, Maryland, then shipped to Hawaii and sent to Battle in Pacific. He was awarded a citation for heroism in rescuing men from a sinking ship. He swam through mine and shark infested waters. His coolness and courage directing the rescue work resulted in the saving of many lives. His heroic conduct was performed in the face of great danger to himself
Pfc. Joseph Kersmarki, U.S. Army
Machinists Mate 2nd Class, Stephen Kersmarki, U.S. Navy Seabees
Seaman 1st Class, John Kersmarki, U.S. Navy
Pfc. William Kersmarki, U.S. Marine Corps
"What you're honoring is a person's devotion to their county and not the rank or station in life they achieved." Tom Sherlock, Arlington National Cemetery Historian