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11.27.2013

Charles Katt

(April 7, 1944) -- Sgt. Charles W. Katt, U. S. Army, died Nov. 27, 1943.

The War department notified Mrs. Aileen Katt of Conover avenue that her husband had gone down on an Allied troop ship -- likely HMT Rohna --  sunk as the direct result of enemy action.

The soldier, who was graduated from Nutley High School, married Eileen Rulison on July 10, 1941, his 20th birthday and they have a year old son, Charles Richard.
He is also survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Katt, and three sisters, the Eleanor, Dorothea and Joan.


His son Charles Richard Katt Guttilla was killed in action in Vietnam on Feb. 20, 1967.


11.26.2013

Frederick Comer


(January 7, 1944) - Frederick Comer, 38, a private in the 31st Signal Construction Battalion was reported missing in action since Nov. 26.

Pvt. Comer is married to the former Miss Gertrude Miller, daughter of John Miller of 27 Princeton Street. They have a 17-month old son, David.

Pfc. Frederic W. Comer was in the 31st Signal Construction Battalion. He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.

From The Nutley Sun
January 7, 1944
In Different Divisions, Both
Are Casualties On Same Day


11.08.2013

John Del Grosso

(Nov. 12, 1943) -- Marine Master Tech. Sgt. John Del Grosso, of Cleveland Street, U.S.M.S.R., died Nov. 8 in the Naval hospital at Corona, Calif. 


He had been under treatment for pernicious anemia - a blood disease, and in spite of several blood transfusions, succumbed suddenly after a short illness.

With him in California, were his wife, the former Blanche Orlando of Race Street, Nutley, and his sons Jack, 11, and Bob, 9. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Minnie Del Grosso of Newark.

A Marine for four years before the war, and honorably discharged, Del Grosso re-enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor.

He had learned to fly in Nutley, and hoped for overseas service.

He was stationed, however, at the Naval Air Base at Santiago, Calif., as a technical instructor where he was joined by his family about a year ago.
There was plenty of action even in California, for Sgt. Del Grosso was on flight duty, making repairs and testing planes.

Nutley residents remember John as the Scoutmaster of Troop 7 and a member of the Franklin Reformed church. He was a watchmaker by trade, and for several years had his own business here.

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10.04.2013

Stanley Hand

2nd Lt. Stanley S. Hand, U. S. Army Air Forces, 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group, was killed in action on August 13, 1945.

Lt. Hand was awarded the Air Medal, Purple Heart Medal, WWII Service Lapel Button, WWII Victory Medal.

According to the 82nd Fighter Group history, 2nd Lt. Hand was reported missing in action on Oct. 4, 1943.

He entered the service from New Jersey. His service number is 0-792830.

Lt. Hand is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.


10.01.2013

Richard Van Divort

(Dec. 21, 1945) -- Posthumous awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with one silver cluster and one bronze oak leaf cluster, was made yesterday to Capt. Richard Van Divort, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Van Divort, of Oak Ridge Avenue, who was killed on a routine flight over Forestell, Mo., in October 1943.


The captain was a graduate of Nutley High school and Dartmouth college where he was president of his fraternity, Gamma Delta Phi.

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9.03.2013

Charles Braun

Charles Braun Was gunner on Bomber Flying from Barksdale Field 

(Sept. 3, 1943) - Mrs. Willis C. Breyfolgle of 134 Rutgers Place, Nutley, was notified yesterday by the War Department her son, Sgt. Charles A. Braun, 19, had died as result of an Army bomber crash Wednesday near Belcher, La.

Sgt. Brawn was stationed at Barksdale Field, Shreveport, La. The Nutley youth enlisted in the Army Air Forced in March 1942. He was born in Newark and had lived in East Orange and Arlington before his family moved to Nutley three years ago.

At Nutley High he played football. Sgt. Braun leaves also a brother William; a sister Marilyn, both of the Nutley address; his step-father, Willis C. Breyfogle, and a half-brother, Cpl. Millard Breyfogle, an Army Air Forces instructor at Orlando, Fla.

His father, William Braun, veteran of World War I, died nine years ago.

Newark News, Sept. 3, 1943
Blue Star Mothers clippings, Nutley Historical Society.

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8.31.2013

James Murren

(Jan. 14, 1944) - Sgt. James P. Murren Jr., 19, son of James P. Murren of Woodland Avenue, was killed on Aug. 31 in an aerial collision over the Straights of Dover.
Murren was aboard B-17 named Snooks when it was returning from a mission at Romilly Sur Siene, France, and collided with another B-17.
Sgt. Murren served in the 8th Air Force, 323rd Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomber Group, Heavy. 

 He attended St. Mary's Parochial school. Surviving besides his parents are sisters, Patricia and Carol.

From The Nutley Sun, Jan. 14, 1944
MASS OF REQUIEM
FOR TAIL GUNNER




8.21.2013

Allen Duke

(September 10, 1943) -- Flying Officer Allen T. Duke, Jr., a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, was killed in action overseas on August 17.

He was buried in an Air Force Cemetery in Oxford, England, on Aug. 21.

Duke was born in London, March 3, 1929, and came to this country as a youth and later lived in Nutley.

From The Nutley Sun
September 10, 1943
MEMORIAL FOR ALLEN DUKE JR.
Killed In Action Overseas,
Rites Sunday For Former Resident


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7.13.2013

Warren Marks

(September 3, 1943) -- Midshipman Warren Prime Marks, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Marks of St. Mary's Place, has been killed in action somewhere in the Mediterranean.
Engine cadet Marks and 11 others were killed aboard the Liberty ship Timothy Pickering on July 13, according to the U.S. Merchant Marines.

The  vessel was bombed and sunk by aircraft while anchored at Avola, Sicily.

Warren Marks was born in Nutley on Sept. 20, 1923, attended Nutley schools, graduating from Nutley high school in January 1941. He was a member of the high school dramatic club and took part in the senior play. He was a member of Vincent Methodist church.

Marks has a sister, Annis Jean, and a brother Roger Dow, both living at home.

In a letter sent Aug. 31, 1943, to his surviving sons Pete & Dave serving in the war, Mr. Lyman reports of the death of his son William "Boots" Lyman aboard the Pickering as told to him by survivor Chris Breman:

"... To save you all the time of reading this in order to get to the point, I will tell you now that three of the four are lost and Bill is no doubt one of them ... They were blown to bits in the Port of Siracusa in Sicily taking in troops and supplies to back up our men who had already been landed ... they were put into the Sicily job with plenty of other ships and sailed to their end as I have told you. They had gasoline and TNT in their holds waiting to be unloaded when at about 11:30 a.m., on July 13, two dive bombers came over the high hills with motors shut off and were not seen in time for the ships to open up on them and they planted a good fair sized on the deck and in a second the Pickering blew to bits and there was nothing where she had been ... Bill was on deck getting washed to get on his deck watch at noon and ... he was not seen again. Warren was in the engine room on watch and was never seen again. ... The two planes were knocked down by the other ships a second after ..."

Letter courtesy: Ellen Dester Hayes



From The Nutley Sun: September 3, 1943- Midshipman Reported Killed In Action In Mediterranean

7.11.2013

Percy Shuart

(October 8, 1943) -- A paratrooper in the opening invasion of Sicily, Cpl. Percy W. Shuart, 23, was killed in action there on July 11, his mother, Mrs. Patrick O'Neill, of 154 Whitford Avenue, has learned through the war department.

A subsequent letter from Gen. Marshall informed Mrs. O'Neill that her son had died ''gallantly in action,'' and that she had every reason to be proud of him.

He is also survived by Mrs. Thomas Murin, who resides at the Ambassador apartments on Park avenue.


From The Nutley Sun
October 8, 1943
CPL P.W.SHUART  
KILLED IN ACTION
Member Of Paratroop Invasion
Of Sicily, There Only A Month

5.03.2013

4.30.2013

Thomas Ashton, Jr.


(July 23, 1943) -- Petty Officer Thomas Edward Ashton Jr., electrician’s mate 3/c, on submarine duty was reported missing in action April 22, 1943.


The young sailor was known by his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ashton Sr., who formerly lived on Cathedral Avenue, to have been aboard the submarine Triton, which was reported by the Navy on July 22 as having been sunk in the Pacific with 11 Jap ships to its credit.

He attended St. Mary's elementary school. He was an assistant scout master of troop 12 at St. Mary's Church.

Tom has been engaged to Miss Olive Shaefer for the past year. He has three sisters, Alice and Melina who live in Nutley, and Mrs. Eileen Rudowsky.



(April 30, 1943) -- The parents of Thomas Edward Ashton Jr., were notified Thursday that their son, an electrician's mate 3c, on submarine duty was missing at sea. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ashton Sr., who formerly lived on Cathedral avenue, have recently moved to E. Glen Avenue in Ridgewood.
 
Tom Ashton enlisted in the Navy in February 1942. After two and a half months of preliminary training at New London, he was sent to the Navy Electrical Engineering School.

His military education included Submarine; Battery & Gyro; Electrical Theory; Electrical Laboratory; Mathematics; tool instruction; General Instruction; Wiring Shop.

His assignments and geographical locations included: N.R.S., N.Y.; NavTraSta - Newport, R.I.; US Nav Tra Sch - Detroit, Mich.; Submarine Sch - New London, Conn.; USS Guardfish (Flag CSD 82); USS Triton.

Upon completion of his training he was assigned to a submarine as an electrician's mate.

Tom was working for the plant department of the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company at the time of his enlistment in the Navy. He attended St. Mary's elementary school, and St. Peter's and St. Mary's Rutherford high schools, where he played football and basketball.

A fine athlete, Tom also played golf, went bowling, and belonged to the Nutley Chess Club. He was an assistant scout master of troop 12 at St. Mary's Church.
Tom has been engaged to Miss Olive Shaefer for the past year. He has three sisters, Alice and Melina who live in Nutley, and Mrs. Eileen Ruowsky.

4.23.2013

Carlyle Hayden Malmstrom

(April 23, 1943) -- Mrs. Hilda Malmstrom, a war bride, was notified by the War Department Wednesday morning that her husband Staff Sgt. Carlyle Hayden Malmstrom had been killed in action in North Africa on April 6. The Malmstroms were married in July 1941, at Florence, S.C.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Malmstrom, of Cathedral avenue, are of the opinion he was killed in reconnaissance work.

His wife, a Nutley girl, is the former Miss Hilda Fillipone.

He attended Rutgers University for two years, where he studied business administration.

The Malmstroms have another son, George, 17, who is a student at Clifton High school. 


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From The Nutley Sun
April 23, 1943: Reconnaissance Man Killed
In Action In North Africa

4.20.2013

Dominic Anthony Cassera

(April 30, 1943) -- A solemn mass of requiem will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at the Holy Family Church for Dominic Anthony Cassera who was killed in an airplane crash last Tuesday (April 20) near Benton, Missouri. An aviation cadet also died in the crash.


Dominic, the son of Anthony Cassera of Glendale street, was a civilian instructor of army aviators at Harris Field, Mo. He had been promised a job as an airline pilot at the end of the war.

Aviation had always been Dominic's avocation. He had flown many planes of his own, most of which he had bought as wrecks and converted into workable mechanisms. His family said that he had never been in an accident before.

Dominic, who was 20 years old, had had 700 hours in the air up to the time of his death. He was the youngest instructor at Harris Field where he had been stationed for the past four months. He had previously taken a refresher course in New York.

Prior to entering army employ, he had been a mechanic at Lincoln Airport. He attended Nutley High school and Essex County Vocational where he first took up the study of aviation. As a boy he constructed many types of model planes.



From The Nutley Sun
April 30, 1943
KILLED IN CRASH
Local Youth Was Civilian Flying
Instructor At Army Air Base


4.02.2013

Pervis Robison Jr.

Nutley resident Pervis Robison Jr. was one of 129 servicemen killed on April 10, 1963, when U.S.S. Thresher, a new class of submarine sank during sea trials about 200 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass.

Robison, who had attended Nutley schools all his life, had been a track star at Nutley High School where he was graduated in 1960.

 He is survived by his parents, Margaret and Pervis Robison, of Passaic Avenue.

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40th Anniversary Memorial Service 

 By Anthony Buccino 

 NUTLEY, N.J. -- A memorial service on the 40th anniversary of the loss of U.S.S. Thresher and Seaman Pervis Robison was held at the Robison/Thresher monument, in front of Town Hall, at 1 p.m. on April 10, 2003.

 Mayor Peter C. Scarpelli, who knew and worked with ''our hometown son'' Pervis, conducted the memorial.

 When asked later about nicknames, Robison family friend Adrian Malloy said that Pervis' father was known as 'big duck' and the sailor was called 'little duck' by his father's friends.

 And 'duck' by his friends, added Mayor Scarpelli.

 Commander Robert W. Archer, executive officer Naval Weapons Station, Earle, Colts Neck, represented the U.S. Navy, along with a Naval Honor Guard.

Pervis Robison, Jr. memorial, Nutley, N.J.
 Archer, who joined the Navy several years after the Thresher accident has served on seven subs in his 35-year career. He said that many of the improvements on later subs were the result of the sacrifice made by the seamen aboard the Thresher.

 ''When I was a young seaman, I wore the same uniform and I did the very same things that Seaman Pervis Robison did. I entered the submarine service in 1968 -- five years after the tragic loss of the Thresher, I was a seaman, I was young, I was indestructible -- much like I imagine Seaman Pervis Robison was,'' Archer said.

 ''To this day, I remember the excitement and the adventure that the submarine force provided me, and the intense pride I felt knowing I was a member of an exclusive group of people that had passed many tests and were found fit for duty below the sea -- supporting and defending the liberties and freedoms that the people of our great nation enjoy.

 ''We were the ones walking softly and silently and carrying the big sticks that deterred those that might want to threaten our way of life and our very freedoms.

 ''Only a few men are ever selected to become submariners. It takes a rare breed to ride that steel tube out to sea and challenge Mother Nature herself by submerging below the ocean.

 ''I can assure you that for every time a submariner goes down, the elements resist you coming back up, it's like you become one with the ocean itself, that it wants to keep you there.

 ''In the case of Thresher, the ocean won its way, and those braves souls of Thresher are part of the ocean forever.

 ''I honor his memory. I honor his bravery and his spirit of adventure. And I thank him for his service because had it not been for the tragic loss of the Thresher, many of the improvements seen in the modern day submarines would not have come about...

 ''My fellow submariners and I have lived the benefit of the sacrifice of seaman Pervis' life. His life was ... lived to mark lasting improvements for all time for all submariners.

 ''Seaman Robison, on behalf all submariners who followed behind you, I salute you. You are our shipmate, our brother, our friend.''

 Reverend Robert C. Cole, pastor of First Baptist Church of Nutley, gave the invocation, and, later, the benediction.

 A wreath was placed at the Robison/Thresher monument by township commissioners Joanne Cocchiola-Oliver and Mauro Tucci.

 Taps was played by Dennis McPartland, assistant band director at Nutley high school.

 On hand for the memorial were about 100 Nutley residents and veterans. Also present was Mary Ann Fitton, spouse of Nutley son Lt. Frank Jannarone, who was killed in a bomber crash on June 12, 1958.

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4.01.2013

George Stanford

George J. Stanford died of a heart attack on April 1, 1943, while on a short leave at home. He was the athletic director at the Nutley High School for 23 years before entering the army as a 2nd lieutenant. A memorial plaque in his honor is located at the Park Oval beneath the flag stand.

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3.23.2013

Nutley's Turchette remembered at WWII crash site



Sheridan Memorial Park ceremony held on the 70th anniversary, March 12, 2013, at the exact site of the B-17 crash near Sheridan, Ark. The airman to left of American flag is holding a photo of co-pilot Lt. Robert Turchette of Nutley, N.J. 

The Sheridan B-17 Memorial Park is located at the actual crash site 5.8 miles north of Sheridan, Arkansas. 

While the construction and ongoing upkeep of the Sheridan B-17 Memorial Park is our primary mission, the secondary mission is to clear the record of Pilot George Davis. Local Veterans and area residents believe that 2nd Lieutenant George Davis should not have been held responsible for the loss of his B-17F Flying Fortress and its crew. Rather, he should have been recognized for his valiant efforts in keeping his Flying Fortress airborne while over the Sheridan, Arkansas area. The actions of Pilot Davis and his crew in finding a non-residential area on which to crash land possibly saved the lives of area residents.


The most predominate feature of the park will be a Memorial Wall 33′ wide X 8′ 6″ tall located 130′ from County Road 51 on the east side.  The Memorial Wall will have a 29′ wide X 4′ 6″ tall portion which will be inset in the center of the wall. The inset will be black granite and will contain the names and information about the nine airmen. There will be a 2′ white and grey mixed granite border surrounding the inset. The Memorial Wall will be illuminated from dusk to dawn.

3.22.2013

William Nutzel

(April 30, 1943) -- William C. Nutzel, of Glendale street, received word last Tuesday that his son, 1st Lt. William C. Nutzel Jr., an officer with the Reconnaissance Division of the U.S. Army Air Corps., had been missing since March 22nd. The last letter he wrote home was dated March 19.


1st Lt. William G. Nutzel Jr., was a member of the 154th Observation Squadron, 68th Observation Group.

3.19.2013

Robert Turchette


(March 19, 1943) – 2nd Lt. Robert Turchette was killed aboard a bomber that crashed Friday afternoon in Little RockArk.

Robert Turchette, of Nutley, killed in bomber crash in Arkasas,, 1943
His family was notified Saturday morning.

On Sunday they received a telegram from Robert’s commanding officer stating that he had been among those definitely killed in the crash.

The flier’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Turchette of Nutley Avenue and his sister Jacqueline, who was 18 last Saturday, expected him home shortly for a visit, but the pressure of Army duties had delayed his furlough.

It would have been his first since joining the Air Force shortly after the attack onPearl Harbor.

His mother remarked that he was strongly incensed over the Japanese attack. Although she was reluctant to see him go, she couldn’t stand in his way. “You wouldn’t want me to stay home, mother,” he said, “you wouldn’t want that kind of a son.”

Robert, the eighth local war casualty, always liked planes and made many model planes as a youngster.

When the Turchettes moved to Nutley nine months ago, Robert’s mother wrote him asking what she should do with his large supply of model airplanes. He wrote back to give them to other boys who were interested in them.

Aside from airplanes, Robert’s other great love was music. He was an accomplished pianist, and he practiced incessantly. He loved classical music, and he regularly attended concerts at Carnegie Hall.
He was such an enthusiastic admirer of Horowitz, the gifted pianist, that he sometimes followed him out of New York to attend his recitals.

“Music to him was like another life,” his mother said. “Once he took me to Carnegie Hall and I saw him trembling all over as he listened to the music. And I could understand his great love for it. It lifted him to a life above our own.”

Robert developed not only his own interest in music but encouraged his sister, Jacqueline, of whom he was very fond, to develop her talents as a pianist and accordionist. He often wrote her urging her to practice as much as she could. Once he wrote: “I’m dying to hear you play.”
His interest in music created a conflict as to his future life work owing to his equally great enthusiasm for airplanes.

He finally decided to earn a livelihood in the latter field, and in 1939, following his graduation from Barringer High in Newark, he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study plane designing.

He was in the middle of his sophomore year when he decided to enlist in the Army.
His letters home, his mother said, were masterpieces of prose. He would write not only of his work, but also of the cloud formations, the canyons and the mountains over which he flew.
Lt. Turchette was very fond of dogs and his particular favorite was Tipple, a scion of a line of police dogs and Boston bulls.

With the current goings on, Tipple seems to sense that something is wrong. But like the little toy dog in Eugene Field’s “Little Boy Blue,” he patiently sits back and awaits his master’s return.
        
Mrs. Turchette said that she has received letters and visits from hundreds of people, many of whom she never knew before now. “They have all be very kind,” she added, “wonderfully kind.”
The Turchettes have another son, Ernest, who is married and lives in Belleville. Like the rest of the family, he is broken over the news concerning his brother, and keeps repeating to himself, “Why didn’t you bail out, Bob, why didn’t you bail out?”

Services were conducted Monday at Stirratt Funeral Home followed by interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.

From The Nutley Sun

A memorial ceremony was held March 12, 2013, at the exact site of the crash. The memorial park dedication will be held on November 12, 2013.



3.05.2013

Samuel Powers


(March 5, 1943) -- Cpl. Samuel S. Powers, 24, formerly of Yale street, was killed last Friday when his four-motor army transport crashed in Homestead, Fla. 

He is survived by sisters, Mrs. Frederick Klein, and Mrs. Frederick Steengaard, Mrs. Frederick Whitman of Waukesha, Wis., and a brother George.

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2.04.2013

Robert G. Bliss

(Feb. 26, 1953) Robert G. Bliss died Feb. 4, during Army maneuvers in Germany.

 Bliss, 22, died of asphyxiation in his sleep in an army mess truck to which he was attached as a cook with Battery C, 517th Armored Field Artillery battalion.

 The accident occurred near Zallenlmuse during field maneuvers. It was an unusually cold night in the German mountains and Bliss and several other soldiers rolled themselves into their blankets on the floor of the mess truck near lit cooking stoves.

 Bliss, who formerly lived on Centre Street, was a strong six-footer. He had attended Central High School in Newark and worked as a salesman after graduation.

 He married a Hillside girl shortly before entering the army in October 1951. His tour of service about to end, his family had their home redecorated and were making elaborate plans for his welcome.

 Services were scheduled for Brown funeral home and the Mt. Pleasant Baptist church, Newark, where the youth's father is a deacon.

 Bliss is survived by his wife, Arline; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Bliss, of Belleville, and a brother, Walter.

 Adapted from The Nutley Sun, Feb. 26, 1953

1.26.2013

Arthur Rego


Nutley Marine Shot in Vietnam

(Feb. 3, 1966) Marine Corporal Arthur Rego, 21, a 1962 Nutley High School graduate, was killed in action in Vietnam on Wednesday. He is the war's first casualty from Nutley.

Corp. Rego was shot in the head by a sniper while on night patrol last Wednesday (Jan. 26) outside the Da Nang Air Force Base perimeter.

He was assigned to the Second Battalion of the Third Marine Regiment in the Da Nang sector of Vietnam where he was part of the team assigned to guard the air strip and the newly liberated village of LeMay.
Corp. Rego completed his third anniversary with the Marine Corps three days before he was killed. He had been in Vietnam with the Third Marine Division since June.

Rego completed basic training with the Marines at Parris Island and then at Camp Lejeune. Before his assignment to Vietnam, he was in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay and on a cruise to France, Spain and England.
When he returned to the United States, he was promoted to the rank of corporal and then went on to Camp Pendleton, Calif., and then by way of Hawaii and Okinawa, on to Vietnam.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rego of Memphis Avenue., Arthur Joseph Rego was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Columbus Hospital, Newark.

His family resided in Nutley all his life. Arthur attended Lincoln School and was a member of the Boy Scouts. At Nutley High he played football during his freshman year, but then developed a charley horse. To keep busy, he took a part-time job after school, first with Wise Potato Chips, and then with Power Pipe and Supply Co., Passaic. He worked at the latter firm following his graduation until entering the Marine Corps on Jan. 23, 1963.

1.25.2013

Salvatore Pillitteri


Young Army Officer, Former Rodino Appointee to West Point, Dies in Skidding Crash

(Jan. 30, 1957) – Friday, Jan. 25, on Route 1, near North Brunswick, Lt. Salvatore Pillitteri, 23, of Brown Street, was one of three killed in a collision of skidding cars as the Nutley youth, a one-time student a the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was returning home from Fort Dix.

1.24.2013

Thomas E. Van Houten


Thomas E. Van Houten was born February 15,1947, and lived in Nutley, NJ with his parents Bertha and John, and siblings, John Jr., and twin brother, Richard.  Thomas graduated from Nutley High School in 1965 and enjoyed bowling.


Van Houten entered the US Army on May 16, 1966 and served in Company C in the 5th battalion of the 9th Infantry Division where he attained the rank of Private First Class (PFC/E3).

On January 24, 1967, Van Houten was killed in action in South Vietnam.  He was 19 years old.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.

1.22.2013

Souren Avedisian

(January 22, 1943) -- Lengthening the list of casualties in World War II was the news this week of the death of 2nd Lt. Souren Avedisian, a flight instructor with the army air forces, while on active duty in Cold Springs, Texas.
     Son of Mr. and Mrs. Shahag Avedisian of 2 Alexander Avenue, Nutley, he was employed by his father, a rug manufacturer, before enlisting.

     Souren was a graduate of Nutley High School. He has three brothers in the service.


1.19.2013

Michael Halpin


Private First Class Michael Patrick Halpin, of Brookdale Street, died Jan. 19, 1967, in Tah Ninh, Vietnam "from injuries received while on combat operations when engaged with hostile forces in a firefight," the Army said.

Halpin, who would have been 22 on Feb. 28, is the fourth Nutley man to die in the war.
Born in Newark, Halpin received his early education at St. Thomas the Apostle grammar school, Bloomfield. He played Little League baseball for three years. He attended Nutley High School, and was active in the Catholic Youth Organization.

At Nutley High, Halpin's friends called him "Murf." He liked mathematics and pop records, was out for the football squad in senior year and a member of extracurricular clubs.

After graduation, he worked two years at a trucking company before enlisting in the Army in March 1967. His tour of duty would have been completed in March 1970. However, his family said that at times he contemplated making a career of the Army.

He also planned to marry his high school 'steady,' Carol Lucas of Center Street, Nutley, after his enlistment expired.

Halpin is survived by two brothers, Francis, a teaching Brother in the Order of the Sacred Heart, and John, of Clifton; and by a sister, Mrs. Kathleen Wirth of Nutley.

Adapted from The Nutley Sun.

Charles Haney


Sgt. Charles Haney DiesIn Airplane Crash In South

(January 21, 1944) - Sgt. Charles E. Haney, 27, U.S.M.C., died Jan. 19, as a result of a plane crash, according to a telegram received by his mother Mrs. Irene Haney of Washington Avenue.


Sgt. Haney, 27, was stationed with the Headquarters Squadron, Marine Air Group, Third Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, N.C.



He is survived by a sister, Louise.
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(January 21, 1944) - "We deeply regret to inform you that your son, Sgt. Charles E. Haney, U.S.M.C., died January 19, as a result of a plane crash" is the text of a telegram received last night at 7 o'clock by Mrs. Irene Haney of Washington Avenue.

The message was sent by the commandant at the Marine Air Base at Cherry Point, N.C., and no details were given.

Sgt. Haney, who was 27 years old, was stationed with the Headquarters Squadron, Marine Air Group, Third Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point and it is supposed that the crash occurred during a training flight somewhere in North Carolina.

In a last letter, written on Jan. 9, Sgt. Haney told his mother how he had missed death recently when the engine of his plane had gone dead 7,000 feet up and he and his companion had to bail out. He landed in a field and was dragged some distance by his parachute, while the other flier landed in some pine trees.

Although slightly injured, both men managed to get to a nearby farm house, where they received treatment for shock. They were then sent to a hospital for observation but were discharged in a few days when no serious injuries developed.

The death of her son takes Mrs. Haney back to World War I, when her husband, the late Sentner Haney, went overseas. After being wounded and gassed, he died in a hospital at Le Mans, France, on Feb. 18, 1919, after a long illness. His body was brought back to the United States and he was buried at his birthplace, Greenville, Tenn., where his son will also be buried.

Mrs. Haney will leave for Greenville tonight where St. Haney will be buried in Andrew Jackson National Cemetery.

Sgt. Haney was born in Oklahoma City and while a young baby was taken by his mother to Greenville, where she had spent most of her life. They remained there until 1934, when they came north to Orange where Sgt. Haney spent two years as a student at the Orange high school.

They moved to this town in 1936 and in 1940, Sgt. Haney, after he had attended a preparatory school at Fort McPherson, Ga., enlisted in the Marine Corps. After being stationed at Iona Island in the Hudson River and at the Navy building in Washington, D.C.,  where he did guard duty, he was transferred to the Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point.

The marine is survived by a sister, Miss Louise Haney, who lives with her mother, Mrs. Haney who is employed as an inspector at the Isolantite plant in Belleville.

Charles Haney


Sgt. Charles Haney


(January 21, 1944) - Sgt. Charles E. Haney, 27, U.S.M.C., died Jan. 19, as a result of a plane crash, according to a telegram received by his mother Mrs. Irene Haney of Washington Avenue.

Sgt. Haney, 27, was stationed with the Headquarters Squadron, Marine Air Group, Third Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point.

He is survived by a sister, Louise.