On the day that the U.S. recalls one of its darkest days, the Morris County Select Board of Freeholders will pay tribute to the nation's best and brightest.
On Sept. 11, the freeholders will present Morris County Distinguished Military Service medals to 12 area veterans in recognition of their work for the nation.
Among the recipients is Anthony F. Semiz of Hopatcong, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, from June 1953 to February 1954. He is also the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal. Following his service, he went on to become Professional Bowling Association star Teata Semiz, ended up winning more than 50 national PBA tournaments and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1990.
The entire list of honorees follows:
- Albert J. Mazzatta (deceased), Dover
- Thomas J. Davenport, Army, Pompton Plains
- William J. Carroll IV, U.S.M.C., Wharton
- David R. Gravel, U.S.M.C., Madison
- Domenick Missaggia, Navy, Denville
- Anthony F. Semiz, Army, Hopatcong
- Anthony D. Shaw, U.S.M.C., Morristown
- Orlando DePascale Sr, Army WWII, Wharton
- Marshall E. Collins, Air Force, Mountain Lakes
- Timothy H. Masker, U.S.M.C., Randolph
- F. Edward (Tony) Ramirez, Navy, Rockaway
- Elliot E. Holder IV, Air Force, Morristown
The awards will be presented on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Freeholder Public Meeting Room on the fifth floor of the Morris County Administration & Records Building on Court Street in Morristown.