In spite of the fallen trees and downed power lines, Hurricane Sandy did not keep members of Lawrence Township American Legion Post 414 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3022 from holding their annual Veteran’s Day service on Sunday, Nov. 11, in Veterans Park.
Post 414 Commander Greg Mohasci, along with other officers from Post 414 and VFW Post 3022, paid tribute to all veterans, living and deceased.
One veteran, 87-year-old Herbert Sweetapple, was given special recognition for his outstanding military record. Mr. Sweetapple served in the military from 1943 to 1967. He was involved in World War ll, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Mr. Sweetapple received many commendations, including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the United Nations Korean Service Medal.
In 1967 Mr. Sweetapple received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army after serving 20 years, 6 months.
Born in 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to Newfoundland, Canada, and was raised mostly by his grandparents after his mother died in 1931. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1943. After returning to the United States after World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947.