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WW II Vet Receives High Honor

Walter Pruiksma, center, wearing his Silver Marechausee Medal, Major Gen. Phillip Churn, Sr., left and Congressman Chris Smith, right, Oct 13, 2018, Manasquan Presbyterian Church. -photo by Art Gallagher

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.

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Posted: October 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Congressman Chris Smith honors WWII Vet on his birthday

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: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Congressman Smith Honors WW2 Veteran’s Heroic Service

Al Salazar, 93 of Wall Township, was 20 years old when he served under both General Omar Bradley and Lt. General George Patton in World War II. He landed in Europe 73 years ago last week.

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.

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Posted: April 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Veterans, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Honors WW2 Veteran’s Heroic Service

WWII Vet Gets His Medals

Bob Williams, grandson of Alfred Caponigro, Caponigro and Congressman Chris Smith

Bob Williams, grandson of Alfred Caponigro, Caponigro and Congressman Chris Smith

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.

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Posted: December 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Ocean Township, Veterans | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

When Franklin Roosevelt Asked Joe Kennedy to Drop His Pants


fdrSeventy-five years after the American isolationists was defeated by Franklin Roosevelt, their ideas are being quietly and carefully promoted again by libertarian Republicans like Rand Paul. In this extract from his new book, The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists and the Road to World War II, Nicholas Wapshott explains the dilemma the president faced as the… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: History | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Remembering Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Posted: December 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Remembering Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941