Honor Hazlet Heroes Military Banner Display

VFW Post 4303 is now accepting new applications. The deadline is April 15, 2024.

Military Banner Display at Veterans Park, Hazlet

From Memorial Day to Veterans Day, Hazlet's largest park, Veterans Park, is spectacularly decorated with patriotic banners honoring township men and women who are actively serving in the military, who have served honorably and who have given their lives in service. In 2023, there were 139 banners on display.

The colorful "Honor Hazlet Heroes" banners state the names of thHonor Hazlet Heroes - Applications Now Open e individual and years they served in the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines (WWII) or Women Air Force Service Pilots (WWII). They are all members of the Hazlet family, past and present, and we are proud to salute them. Our display has received statewide recognition. On November 11, 2021, Hazlet Township was awarded the Governor's "We Value Our Veterans" distinction for efforts to honor veterans. When they are on display you can see them every day, on foot or by car.  Veterans Park is located at 1776 Union Avenue. It is accessible from Union Avenue and Middle Road, via Green Acres Drive.

VFW Post 4303 will be replacing the Banners for our fallen heroes this year (at the Memorial Garden) as weather has worn these Banners beyond this season. The Post wishes to thank Provident Bank for their sponsorship and support of this program. Post Commander John Conti said, “ Provident Bank has shown their patriotic support for our town’s greatest citizens and they are to be commended for this support.” The Post will be contacting the families of those who gave their all to give them the old Banners.

Commander Conti added that the Post wants to insure any and all new actively serving citizens who have not had a Banner previously complete the application ASAP. The VFW Post wishes to insure all its Volunteer citizens serving are represented in Veterans Park. 

Vice Commander Joseph Szutyanyi advises all those who have had a Banner since inception may receive a call should their Banner been damaged from the weather and need replacement. The expected life of a Banner is three years. Should a replacement be necessary, the old Banner will be returned to the family of the veteran.  

The Honor Hazlet Heroes program is run by the Hazlet VFW Post 4303. It was launched in 2021 by former Navy Seal Skip McKay, Hazlet Township Committeeman. The Hazlet Township Public Information Office assists by collecting the applications and photos for the VFW. 

Banner applications will be available through April 15, 2024. the vendor who produces the Banners has a 4 to 6-week delivery timeframe to the Post.

People desiring a Banner to be placed in Veterans Park for Memorial Day should insure their application and check is into the Post no later than April 15, 2024.

Banner application


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Location: At the Monument Garden (on the Side of James J. Cullen Center)

Hazlet citizens who perished in the service of our country.

Donald Christie - Staff Sergeant, US Army. Died 6/13/1969. Vietnam War. Purple Heart recipient.

Glen Bates - Lance Corporal, US Marines. Died 11/2/1967. Vietnam War. Purple Heart recipient.

Edward Fanning - PFC, US Army. Died 6/15/1969. Vietnam War. Purple Heart recipient. 

Thomas Bailey Aumack - 87th New York Infantry, Died 10/13/1862. US Civil War

Gilman McKay - Lance Corporal, US Marines. Died 11/2/1966. Vietnam War. Purple Heart recipient

Tom Kiley - US Navy. Died 6/3/1972. Vietnam War.

Dennis Cama - Specialist Four, US Army. Died 4/19/1969. Vietnam War. Purple Heart recipient.

Michael F. McGreevy - Capt., US Marines. Died 3/16/1989. 

Veterans Park Banner Legend 2023

Numbers refer to pole identifiers

 

1. 

  • Thomas Carhart – Pvt, US Army. Wounded in Battle of Monmouth, also in the capture of HMS Brig Brittania. Purple Heart recipient.
  • William Henry Aumack - 1st Regiment Monmouth County Militia, Revolutionary War

2. 

  • Garret Aumack, 3rd NJ Detailed Militia, War of 1812
  • Leonard Aumack 3rd NJ Detailed Militia, War of 1812

3. 

  • Sabino “Sam” Beatrice - US Army, 1951-1953, Korean War
  • Sean P. Lane, US Army, 1991-1994

4. 

  • Alessandro Mautone, US Marines, 1975-1980
  • Howard Benedict - Air Force, Vietnam War

5. 

  • Angelo Donatiello, US Army, 1953-1955
  • Anthony E. Recco, US Army, 1968-1970

6. 

  • Bobby Bailey, US Air Force, 1966-1968
  • David C. Thibaut, US Army, 1985-1988

7. 

  • David Opatosky, US Air Force, Vietnam 
  • John T. Devane - US Navy, 1953-1957
  • Steven Spinelli - US Marine Corps 1980-1984
  • Steven Spinelli Jr. - US Marine Corps, 2014-2021

8. 

  • Dominick L. Amodeo - US Air Force
  • Donald Hutson - US Navy, Vietnam War
  • Dominick Carinha - US Army, 1954-1956
  • George Christopher, US Navy, 1943-1946, WWII

9. 

  • Sherel (Ryan) Beslanovitz - US Marines, 1997-2017
  • James Beslanovitz - US Marines, 1992-1998
  • Thomas Stansfield Jr. - US Army 1947-1951
  • William Roy Torres - US Marines, 1976-1980

10. 

  • Anthony Citro - US Army, Korean War
  • Jonathan Leszewski - US Air Force, 2007-2011
  • William T Gilgannon, US Navy 1942-1945 /  USNR 1952-1954
  • Jonathan Schultes - US Marines, 2004-2010

11. 

  • Margaret D. O’Connor - US Navy, 1945-1946, WWII
  • Nicholas Faro - US Marines, 2012-2016
  • Vincent J. Hermanns - US Marines, Vietnam War
  • Louis Joseph Dispenza - US Marines, 1948-1954, Korean War

12. 

  • Kevin M. Lavan - US Army 1962-1964
  • Vincent Solomeno - US Army & National Guard, 2006 to present
  • Frank Mazza - US Marines, 1999-2003
  • Nicholas Polischuk - US Navy, WWII Korean War

13. 

  • Hank Kiley - US Army 1942-1945
  • Frank Kiley - US Army 1963-1966
  • Vincent Raine - US Navy, Korean War
  • Peter Volpe - US Army, WWII (Japan)

14. 

  • Collin M. Powers - US Army, joined 2018
  • Liam P. Powers - US Marines. 1988-1990
  • James Krause Jr. - US Marines, 2000-2004, Purple Heart recipient
  • Shawn Louis Werthwein - US Army, 2010-2017, Afghanistan

15.

  • Paul A. Dello Stritto - US Army, 1966-1968
  • Paul N. May - US Coast Guard, Korean War
  • Joseph Jerome Keegan - US Navy, 1942-1946
  • Frank W. Ogonowski Jr. - US Navy, 1970-1974

16.

  • Richard F. Barney - US Air Force, 1955-1959
  • Richard Wagner - US Army, Korean War
  • William Dennehy - US Army, 1965-1967
  • William T. Eschner - US Army, Korean War

17. 

  • Albert J. Sacco - US Army, Vietnam War
  • William Dolly, US Marines. 1970-1972
  • Victor Cedeno - US Army, 1966-1968, Vietnam 
  • James McKay Jr. - US Navy, WWII

18. 

  • Joseph J. Szutyanyi -  US Air Force, 1982-1986
  • Joseph J. Szutyanyi Jr. - US Air Force, 2021 - present
  • John H. Conti - US Army 1958-1961
  • Kenneth Angrason, US Air Force, Vietnam


19.

  • James McKay III - US Navy, Navy SEAL
  • Terra Flynn - US Navy, Navy SEAL
  • Russell P. Surdi Jr. - US Marines, 2009-2015, Purple Heart recipient.
  • Robert Mulligan - US Air Force. 1966-1970 Vietnam


20. 

  • Joseph J. Bialkowski - US Army, 1944-1945 WWII
  • Robert Boudakian - US Army, 1958-1961
  • Frank Daniels - US Army, WWII
  • Dennis W Gilgannon -  US Army 1968-1970 Vietnam War


21. 

  • James Arthur Manieri - US Navy, actively serving
  • James Susino - US Navy (2014 to present)

22. 

  • Rashaun M. Jett - US Marines, Iraq 2009-2011 / 1996-2001 
  • Christine MJ Henry - US Marines, actively serving

23. 

  • Joseph Wittmer - US Army. Joined 2009
  • Shane Collyer - US Navy

24. 

  • Sam Giove, US Navy. Joined 2022
  • Gabriel Roman, US Air Force. Joined 2022

25. 

  • Michael Bossert - US Air Force. Joined 2022 
  • Devin Roman - US Air Force. Joined 2019

26. 

  • Justin Tennant - US Navy, Joined 2022
  • Colin McCarthy - US Marine Corp, Joined 2023

27 

  • Michael Manfredi - Senior Master Sgt, Air Force
  • Corey J. Saxe - Staff Sgt, US Army. Joined 2007

27a

  • Gia Marie Mazza - US Army National Guard. Joined 2012
  • Ryan J. Parks - US Air Force, actively serving


28. 

  • Michael C. Chiappone - PFC, US Army. Joined 2021
  • Michael A. Natoli Jr. - Specialist, US Army. Joined 2019


29. 

  • Kevin W. Schneider - US Navy. Joined 2006.
  • Edward Pullis -US Navy. Joined 2017

30. 

  • Michael Christopher - US Air Force
  • Michael J. Malley - Petty Officer, US Navy. Joined 2019


31. 

  • Sean Donnelly, US Navy (Currently serving)
  • Logan Mirkov - US Army, 2015-2021

32. 

  • Luke Pesci - US Marines. Joined 2016
  • Kevin Whalen - US Marines


Banners On Fence


Martin J. Marino - US Army Combat Medic European Tour, WWII 

Alan David Reed - US Navy, 1972-1976

Rudy Tumminelli - US Coast Guard, WWII

Ronald Belotti - US Army, 1965-1967

Charles F Chuva - WWII and Korean War

Warren L. Fenton - WWII , US Army

Henry J. Janiak - US Army 1942-1947

Andrew J. Patterson -  Vietnam

Raymond A. Drager - Army 1991-1994

Thomas J. Murray III - Marines 2012-2017

Peter Testi - US Army, WWII

Thomas James Reeves - US Air Force, Vietnam, 1967-1971

Edward A. Borow - US Navy 1961-1967

David J. Lamon - US Navy 1995-2001 

William J. Kenny - US Army 1962-1965

Thomas A. Gargan - US Army, Vietnam War

William Bechtoldt - US Navy, Vietnam War.

Matthew Purdy - US Marines 1986-1990

William A. "Buddy" Bachmann - US Army, 1946-1947

Thomas M. Hackett - US Marines, Vietnam War, Purple Heart recipient.

Patrick J. Coyle - US Army, Vietnam 

Tito C. Acevedo III - US Army 2017-2021

John Patrick Yelenock - US Army Vietnam

Theodore J. Dec - US Army, 1966-1968, Vietnam First Calvary Division

Sylvester Tomasiello - US Air Force Korean War

William Cowan - US Marines 1982-1986

Russell A. Herbstsomer Jr. - US Army Vietnam

Michael E. Costello - US Navy 1965-1969

Harold John Werner - US Army, 1975-1977

Justin T. Dalhamer - US Marines, 2005-2009

Donald L. Bennett, Sr. - US Army, Vietnam War

Matthew Roman - US Army 2018-2021

John Mioduszewski - US Army 1960-1963

Matthew J. Facendo - US Army. 1955-1956, Reserves

James Cavuto - US Army, Vietnam

Francis T. Brock Jr. - US Marines, 2012-2016

Philip A. Traina - US Army, WWII

Robert Robinson - US Navy, 1968-1973

Ole Kvalheim - US Navy, 1968-1972 Vietnam War

Robert Bergstrom - US Army 1965-1967

Angelo Staikos - US Army, Korean War

Andrew Soto - US Army, 2004-2014

Fred W. Turner - 1942 - 1945

Valentinas Raugas - US Marines. 1959-1975

Sean Moley - US Coast Guard

Vincent Murphy - US Air Force. Served 1967-1971.

Jose G. Marchena - US Marine Corps, 1983-1990

Robert W. Gaughran Sr. - US Army, Vietnam War

Leroy Boone Jr. - US Air Force, 1982-1988

Richard Anderson - US Coast Guard, 1972-1974

Rob Morison - US Navy, 1994-1997

Steve McGlynn - US Marines 1975-1976

Rose Aviles - US Navy, World War 2 

William Joseph Collins - US Army Vietnam 

John Ahlers - US Army 1984-2014

Leo Armenti - US Army 1972-1974

Daniel Rotondo - US Army 1962-1964

Paul J. Minch - US Army 2004-2008

Kenneth D. Thomson - US Army, Korean War

Anthony L. Micciulli - US Army Vietnam

Dennis P. Cleary - US Army Vietnam