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Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Marine Cpl. Kevin J. Reinhard

COLONIA - Died January 19, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 25, of Colonia; assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died Jan. 19 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when the CH-53D helicopter he was riding in crashed.

COLONIA – Died January 19, 2012 while Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 25, of Colonia; assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died Jan. 19 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when the CH-53D helicopter he was riding in crashed.

Sgt. Joseph J. Sadowski United States Army 

*Photo by Don Morfo

PERTH AMBOY - Sgt. Sadowski as a tank commander was advancing with the leading elements through a severe barrage of enemy fire from the streets and buildings of the town of Valhey. As his tank advanced it was struck by a shell from an 88-mm gun fired at a range of 20 yds and burst into flames. Sgt. Sadowski immediately ordered his crew to dismount and take cover in the adjoining buildings. After his crew had dismounted, Sergeant Sadowski discovered that one member of the crew, the bow gunner, had been unable to leave the tank. Although the tank was being subjected to a withering hail of enemy small-arms, bazooka, grenade, and mortar fire from the streets and from the windows of adjacent buildings, He unhesitatingly returned to his tank and tried to pry up the bow gunner’s hatch. While engaged in this attempt to rescue his comrade from the burning tank, he was cut down by a stream of machine-gun fire which resulted in his death. The gallant and noble sacrifice of his life in the aid of his comrade, undertaken in the face of almost certain death, so inspired the remainder of the tank crews that they pressed forward with great ferocity and completely destroyed the enemy forces in the town without further loss to themselves. Sgt. Sadowski earned The Medal of Honor posthumously During WWII for heroism September 14, 1944 at Valhey, France.

PERTH AMBOY – Sgt. Sadowski as a tank commander was advancing with the leading elements through a severe barrage of enemy fire from the streets and buildings of the town of Valhey. As his tank advanced it was struck by a shell from an 88-mm gun fired at a range of 20 yds and burst into flames. Sgt. Sadowski immediately ordered his crew to dismount and take cover in the adjoining buildings. After his crew had dismounted, Sergeant Sadowski discovered that one member of the crew, the bow gunner, had been unable to leave the tank. Although the tank was being subjected to a withering hail of enemy small-arms, bazooka, grenade, and mortar fire from the streets and from the windows of adjacent buildings, He unhesitatingly returned to his tank and tried to pry up the bow gunner’s hatch. While engaged in this attempt to rescue his comrade from the burning tank, he was cut down by a stream of machine-gun fire which resulted in his death. The gallant and noble sacrifice of his life in the aid of his comrade, undertaken in the face of almost certain death, so inspired the remainder of the tank crews that they pressed forward with great ferocity and completely destroyed the enemy forces in the town without further loss to themselves. Sgt. Sadowski earned The Medal of Honor posthumously During WWII for heroism September 14, 1944 at Valhey, France.

Benjamin L. Sebban 

Sergeant First Class, United States Army

SOUTH AMBOY - Sgt 1c Sebban 29, assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died March 17, 2007 in Baqubah, Iraq, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. He ignored his own wounds while treating his fellow  soldiers wounds.

SOUTH AMBOY – Sgt 1c Sebban 29, assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died March 17, 2007 in Baqubah, Iraq, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. He ignored his own wounds while treating his fellow soldiers wounds.

PERTH AMBOY - Arneson Square is dedicated to Robert Arneson F1c USN, USS Helena who died of his wounds received at the bombing of Pearl Harbor. *Photo by Paul W. Wang

PERTH AMBOY – Arneson Square is dedicated to Robert Arneson F1c USN, USS Helena who died of his wounds received at the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
*Photo by Paul W. Wang

SEWAREN -  Monument dedicated to the Glory of God and the memory of these brave young men who gave their lives in the Second World War and whose names are inscribed for all generations to read and remember They died with honor on the field of battle so that we might live in Freedom and Peace. 1941-1945 *Photo by Joe Bayona

SEWAREN – Monument dedicated to the Glory of God and the memory of these brave young men who gave their lives in the Second World War and whose names are inscribed for all generations to read and remember They died with honor on the field of battle so that we might live in Freedom and Peace. 1941-1945 *Photo by Joe Bayona

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