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05/23/07 - Posted from the Daily Record newsroom
Morris veterans get medals

MORRISTOWN -- The Morris County freeholders today presented 13 Distinguished Service Medals to veterans, including two to the parents of two Marines who died in Iraq, Lance Cpl. Donald S. Brown of Roxbury and Lance Cpl. Christopher Cosgrove of Hanover.

The county has presented more than 8,350 medals to service members in recent years.

At the ceremony, held outdoors near the county courthouse, Philip Brown said his son Donald was always full of life and lived every day to the fullest. The news of his death was shocking, he said.

"I had no idea why they were at my house," he said when greeting the military officers who brought the family the news of his death.

During the raising of the American flag, Philip Brown stood ramrod straight with his shoulders back and his face both filled with pride and torn with sorrow.

Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler, a former freeholder was the main speaker.

"Today in front of this historic Morris County Courthouse, and so very near to where much of the fighting for our freedom took place over 230 years ago...we demonstrate our appreciation to the fallen warriors of that War of Independence and to the fallen heroes in wars since then," he said.

County medals were presented to: Navy veteran Christopher U. Andrews of Kinnelon, who served on the U.S.S. Independence in the first Gulf war; Army Capt. Matthew Clay Bartlett of Montville, an Iraq veteran; Marine Lance Cpl. Drew W. Daddio of Parsippany, an Iraq veteran; Marine Cpl. Donald J. Fantasia of Whippany, an Iraq veteran; U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Jeffrey Greco of Flanders; Marine Cpl. Velma D. Hodge of Netcong; Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Eugene Kuhar of Jefferson, a Vietnam and Iraq veteran; Marine Lance Cpl. Jacquel R. Miranda of Hopatcong, an Iraq veteran; retired Air Force pilot Scott C. Stebbins, Iraq veteran; Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle C. Witty of Montville, Iraq veteran; and Marine Lance Cpl. Remigiusz Wojdala of Denville, an Iraq veteran who with Witty was on the same patrol when Cosgrove was killed on Oct. 1, 2006.



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