Reverend William P. Lesak '67
A resident of New Bern, NC, ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1975. He served for 11 years as parochial vicar before entering the Navy, and commissioned Lieutenant Junior Grade in September 1982. In August 1983 he completed the Basic Course at the Naval Chaplains School in Newport, RI before returning to his parish duties as a Reserve Chaplain. In October 1986 he was recalled to active duty, and in November 2009, after 27 years of active Naval Service, he retired having attained the rank of Captain.
DUTIES/LOCATIONS SERVED: Third Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Force, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Support Activity, Holy Loch, Scotland, United Kingdom; Pre-Commission and Plank Owner, USS George Washington (CVN-73); Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan; Senior Supervisory Course, Chaplain School, Newport, RI; United States Sixth Fleet, Gaeta, Italy; Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina that included 22nd MEU (SOC), 6th and 10th Marine Regiments; Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan; OPNAV (097), Director, Plans and Policy for the Chief of Chaplains, Washington, DC; Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC and Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC.
AWARDS: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (gold star), Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star), the Navy Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary, NATO, Fleet Marine Force Medals, the Navy Unit Commendation and various service and campaign medals and ribbons.
Resident of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Roselle, served in the US Navy 1968-73, attaining the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class/SSGT. Additionally served in the US Air Force Reserve from 1974 to 1981.
DUTY STATIONS: USA, Viet Nam, Japan, Germany, Panama.
DUTIES: Combat Aircrew, Aircrew.
AWARDS: Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Medals, NUC, PUC, Combat Action Ribbon, USN Aircrew Wings, USN Combat Aircrew Wings, USAF Aircrew Wings.
Originally of Elizabeth, now a resident of Norwich, Vermont attained the rank of Colonel 06 as a Judge Advocate in the US Air Force, serving on active duty 1973-1985, and USAF Reserves 1985-2006.
DUTY STATIONS: McGuire AFB, NJ; Seymour Johnson AFB, NC; RAF Chicksands, United Kingdom;Bolling AFB, Washington,DC; Andrews AFB MD; Pentagon,Virginia.
DUTIES: Staff Judge Advocate; Area Defense Counsel; Medical Law Attorney; Air Force Tort Litigation Staff Attorney; Headquaters USAF Air Staff-International Law; General Counsel of Air Force Military Staff.
AWARDS: Legion of Merit Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf; Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf; Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal with Star; Reserve Medal with "M" ;Global War on Terriorism Medal.
Residient of Arlington, VA, Major in the US Army on Active Duty since April 2002. Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving three tours of combat duty in Afghanistan. Earned a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and selected by the Center for a New American Security as a Next Generation Security Leader.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Benning, GA; Schofield Barracks, HI; Fort Rucker, AL; Fort Campbell, KY; Pentagon, Washington, DC; FOB Kandahar, Afghanistan; FOB Shinkay, Afghanistan; FOB Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
DUTIES: Served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Assault Company Commander, and Operations Officer during three combat deployments to Afghanistan. While in garrison served as the Junior Military Assistant in the immediate of the Secretary of Defense; Strategic Planner to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7; Headquarters and Headquarter Company Commander, Battalion Adjunct, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.
AWARDS: Bronze Star (2 awards); Air Medal for Valor; Air Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 awards); Global War on Terror Service Medal; Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Accommodation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Overseas Service Medal (3 awards); Valorous and Meritorious Unit Awards; Army Service Medal; NATO Medal (ISAF); Combat Infantry Badge; Combat Action Badge; Parachutists Badge; Air Assault Badge; Army Aviator Badge; Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, and Army Staff Badge. Recipient of the Aubrey 'Red' Newman Leadership Award and the Order of St. Michael-Bronze Award.
James F. McMahon ’64
Resident of Toms River, NJ, formerly of Roselle, served in the US Army 1966-68, attaining the rank of Sergeant E-5. Additionally served in the US Army Reserve from 1968 to 1972. Saw action during tour of duty in Vietnam as a tank crewman, engaged in the battle of Hoe and the TET Offensive.
DUTY STATIONS: Ft. Lewis, Washington; Ft. Hood, Texas; Republic of South Vietnam.
DUTIES: Tank Crewman; Self Propelled Artillery Crewman.
AWARDS: NDSM, VCM, VSM, GC Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Donald E. Merz ‘69
An officer of Patrol Squadron Eight, LTJG Donald Merz of Berkeley Heights, lost his life on Friday, September 22, 1978 when the P-3 Orion patrol plane he was piloting exploded in mid-air and crashed in a wooded area near Poland, Maine. He and seven other crew members were killed in the explosion.
Investigation indicated that one engine fell from the wing, which subsequently resulted in the wing separating from the fuselage, preventing any possibility of landing the aircraft.
The plane, a P-3, commonly used for anti-submarine operations was enroute from Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine to Trenton, Ontario.
Resident of Indian Land, SC and Ship Bottom, NJ attained the rank of Captain in the US Army Infantry/Cavalry, served in active duty from January 1969 to January 1971, and from 1971 to 1978 in the US Army Reserves / NJ National Guard. Completed 48 combat assaults, 8 sterile missions as a LRRP into Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam. First company into Cambodia (5/70) capturing largest weapons, ammo, medical, food caches of the war on Shakey's Hill.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Benning GA.; For. Leonard Wood MO.; For. Sheridan, Panama; III Corps, Vietnam; Fort Dix, 5th CST Brigade; 78th Trng. Div., Edison, NJ; NJ Military Academy, Sea Girt, NJ.
DUTIES: Student Infantry Officer, Ft. Benning; Training Officer/Company Commander, Ft. Leonard Wood; Jungle Operations Training Center (JOTC), Ft. Sheridan; Platoon Leader/Company Commander/LRRP, Alpha Company 5th Bn/7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile) - Song Be,Tay Ninh, Quon Loi, Phouc Vinh, Bo Dop, Quon Tri, Cambodia; 5th CST Brigade, Ft. Dix; Range Officer/Committee Chief, 78th Division, Edison, NJ; Asst. S3/Instructor, Officer Candidate School, Sea Girt, NJ.
AWARDS: Silver Star; Bronze Star; Army Commendation with "V", Purple Hearts (3 awards); Air Medal (2 awards); VN Cross of Gallantry; VN Wound (3 awards); VN Service; VN Civil Action; VN Campaign (3 stars); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Cold War Medal; National Guard Service Medal (2 awards); National Defense Medal; Combat Infantry Badge (CIB); Combat Assault Badge; LRRP Tab, Airmobile Tab; Presidential Valorous Unit; Presidential Unit Citation; VN Presidential Unit; VN Valorous Unit; VN Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation; NJ National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon; NJ Distinguished Service Medal; NJ Honorary Service Medal.
Francis X. Murphy '68
Joined the US Navy after graduating RC in 1968, and served until 1972.
DUTY STATIONS: Served in the Tonkin Gulf on the ammunition supply ship USS Haleakala (AE 25) and attained the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class.
A resident of Avon by the Sea, NJ who lived in Linden during RC years, served in the U.S. Army as a military prosecutor and a trial defense counsel in the Judge Advocate General Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. Served on active duty from 1978 to 1981 and then on reserve duty until 1984. Deployed to Germany on REFORGER 79 Exercise as the military prosecutor for the 2nd (Blackjack) Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.
DUTY STATIONS: Ft. Hood, Texas and Germany.
DUTIES: Served as a military prosecutor and a trial defense counsel in the Judge Advocate General Corps for the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas and in Germany.
AWARDS: Army Commendation Medal.
Formerly of Hillside, now residing in Braga, Portugal, served in the US Marine Corps from 1993 to 2000, attaining the rank of Sergeant (E5). Service included the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit SOC (Special Operations Capable), member of HET Team – Human Intelligence Exploitation Team, involved in Operation Dynamic Response (Bosnia/Herzegovina), Operation Noble Anvil (Kosovo), Operation Shining Hope (Albania), Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo) and Operation Avid Response (West Turkey).
DUTY STATIONS: MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; Headquarters Marine Corp, Arlington, VA; Counterintelligence / Human Intelligence Company, 2nd Intelligence Bn, Camp Lejeune, NC.
DUTIES: Interrogator / Debriefer (0251), responsible for the collection of information/intelligence from human sources by means of interrogation, debriefing and screening. USMC later phased out the 0251 MOS. All active 0251’s became 0211 (Counterintelligence / HUMINT Specialists). Counterintelligence (CI) specialists are responsible for identifying and counteracting the threat of friendly forces posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by persons engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion or terrorism.
AWARDS: Navy Marine Corp Achievement Medal (twice awarded); Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon; Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Armed Forces Service Military Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Navy & Marine Corp Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Kosovo Medal.
Originally from Cranford, resided in Buckeye, AZ until passing away April 13, 2011. Served in the US Army and Reserves, on active duty from June 1966 to May 1968, and Reserve duty until 1989, attaining the rank of Specialist 4 (SP-4). Saw extensive combat during the Tet Offensive by the VietCong and North Vietnamese in 1968 while assigned to the “Brown Water Navy” with the mobile Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta. Wounded on May 1st, 1968.
DUTY STATIONS: Fort Dix, NJ (Basic Training); Ft Jackson, SC (Advanced Infantry Training); VietNam (1967-68).
DUTIES: Served in Vietnam with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.
AWARDS: Purple Heart; Sharpshooter (Rifle); Combat Infantry Badge; Vietnam Service Medal; 2 Overseas Bars; National Defense Service; Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device.
Richard J. Razin ‘80