River Edge Veteran Receives World War II Honors
GLEN ROCK, NJ – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) honored World War II veteran and River Edge resident Anthony Garofalo with three medals and two service lapel buttons he earned serving his country as a sailor in the U.S. Navy.
“When his country needed him most, Mr. Garofalo answered the call to duty and protected the United States and the rest of the world from the unspeakable horrors of tyranny and oppression,” said Garrett while presenting the medals and lapel buttons to Mr. Garofalo. “Words cannot express how honored I am to deliver these medals and lapel buttons to a true American hero. Our nation is eternally grateful for Mr. Garofalo’s bravery and sacrifice.”
Mr. Garofalo served from May 1943-Nov 1945 on a number of naval destroyers including the USS Albemarle, the USS Moffett and the USS Charles Ware. He went through naval torpedo school and served as a turret operator. After his military service, Mr. Garofalo continued to serve his community as a firefighter in Hackensack for over 25 years.
The following medals and lapel buttons were presented: