Walter “Rookie” Pruiksma, 95 of Brick, was presented with the Silver Marechausse Award for his heroic actions as a Military Police Officer in France and Belgium during World War II, during a moving ceremony at his church, Manasquan Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon October 13.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: CD-4, Congressman Chris Smith, Major General Phillip M. Churn, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Walter "Rookie" Pruiksma, Walter Pruiksma, World War II | 1 Comment »
Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) presented U.S. Navy veteran Bill Kelly with a U.S. Flag which had flown over the Capitol during a celebration of the WWII hero’s 93rd birthday earlier this week at the Claremont Center in Pt. Pleasant.
Kelly served on the U.S.S. Laffey during World War Two. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds he received in battle on board the ship on April 16, 1945, when the Laffey endured a large-scale kamikaze air attack by Japanese planes. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: January 17th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Bill Kelly, CD-4, Congressman Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, U.S.S. Laffey, World War II | 2 Comments »
Congressman Chris Smith joined Salazar’s family in honoring his service by presenting him the medals he earned, but had not received, during a ceremony at the Xanadu senior condominium club house in Wall Township.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Veterans, Wall Township | Tags: Al Salazar, Congressman Chris Smith, General George Patton, General Omar Bradley, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Wall Township, World War II, Xanadu Senior Condominiums | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Honors WW2 Veteran’s Heroic Service
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Alfred Caponigro of Ocean Township would not accept the medals he earned in combat during World War II because of all of the other Americans who didn’t make it back, or who lost limbs and other injuries. Caponigro lost his hearing in the war and was discharged with a 100 percent disability rating by the Navy.
On Tuesday Caponigro, 90, joined by his family and friends, accepted his medals from Congressman Chris Smith, 73 years after he earned them.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Ocean Township, Veterans | Tags: Alfred Caponigro, Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, Ocean Township, Veterans, World War II | 1 Comment »