“Greater Love Hath No Man Than This,

That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends.”

John 15:13


The Denville Township Roll of Honor was originally

placed in front of Main Street School. A tribute from the

town to the fallen heroes of World War I and World War

II. In 1982 the plaque was updated to include those from

Korea and Viet Nam. The plaque was hung at the entrance

to the Municipal Building and Rededicated in

1984. It now hangs on the new Municipal Building Entrance.

In 1860 Rockaway Township consisted of what we

now know as Rockaway Township, Rockaway Borough,

Denville and Boonton Township. While widespread in its

area, its inhabitants were listed in the census that year as

3551, with 710 of these being males. The culmination of the

Civil War in 1861 would see one third of these men enlist

to defend the United states. Of those that enlisted 79 would



During the Civil War the Union would re-enlist

Brigadier General John Logan a Senator form Illinois.

During his many years of service he crossed many fronts,

and battlefields . While riding across the former battlefields

of the south Logan was struck by the sight of southern

women placing flowers on the graves of the men buried

on the fields where they fell. After the war was over

Logan returned to Illinois and was elected to the Congress

. As a Congressman he was instrumental in starting

the first veterans organization in the United States. The

Grand Army of the Republic. John Logan would be the

3rd Commander In Chief of the G.A.R., and one of his first

acts as the head of the organization was to write Order #

11, designation May 30, 1868 as the first Decoration Day.


On May 30, 1869 there gathered at the Presbyterian

Church of Rockaway a crowd so large that it overflowed

the church to the grounds outside. Almost all who gathered

had suffered a loss in the Civil war. All had gathered

to pay homage to these men. It was decided at this assembly

to erect a suitable monument to those fallen men, and

to establish a permanent record of the fallen soldiers.


Minutes of the Public Meeting

May 30, 1869

The grateful memory of our community for those who

sacrificed their lives in defense of our country was shown

by the large and sympathetic meeting held in this place

( Presbyterian Church) on the last Monday in May 1869

for the purpose of commemoration of the service of our

martyred and fallen soldiers of Rockaway Township,

and to decorate the graves of those who have found their final resting place

near those who cherish their memory with

love and gratitude.


The meeting was organized by the appointment of

Rev. J.R. Adams President, and Henry D. Tuttle Secretary,

and was witnessed by Rev. Adams,C.C. Clark, Rev.

O.P. Deyo, and others.

It was then :

RESOLVED— That this meeting be formed into a permanent

society for the purpose of perpetuating the memory

of our deceased soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the

defense of our country and for the preservation of the Union.


In accordance with this resolution a permanent society

was organized by the election of Rev. Adams President,

Columbus Beach Vice-President, and Henry D. Tuttle Secretary.


The names of our deceased soldiers were read as far as

they could be ascertained. The names of 66 were read, including

the 11 buried in the cemetery.


It was then:

RESOLVED _ That we erect a monument in the cemetery

at Rockaway to our fallen and martyred defenders of our

country from Rockaway Township, and on which their

names be inscribed.


To carry into effect this resolution the following committees

were appointed

To collect money to erect a monument: Barnabus Stickle,

Abraham Kitchell, Mahlon Hoagland, Stephen Cooper and

Richard Stephens.


To ascertain the names of the deceased soldiers with particulars

to their services and deaths: Rev. C.C. Clark, Edmund

D. Halsey, and Henry Tuttle.


The meeting then formed a procession and passed through

the graveyard bestowing their tokens of love and gratitude

on the mounds that mark the resting place of heroic

and fallen defenders with the heartfelt resolve to cherish

their memory and perpetuate it to future generations.



Soldiers from Rockaway Township who lost their lives

during The war of the Rebellion.


On every great battlefield of the Middle States, in every

Army of the Republic, and in the endurance of every

prison horror, this township had its representative. First

upon the roll are the names of the nineteen members of

Company L, Twenty Seventh regiment New Jersey Volunteers,

who were drowned while effecting a crossing of the

Cumberland River, in Kentucky, on May 5,1863.

The regiment was enlisted for 9 months in September

1862, and Company L , Captain Henry W. Willis , was almost

entirely from this township. The story of this disaster

is told by Lieutenant Henry Lumsden, who was an

eye witness:


“ The Twenty-Seventh New Jersey Volunteers, One Hundred

and Third Ohio, and Second East Tennessee left their

camp at Stanford as the infantry part of a column pursuing

the rebel General Morgan. After driving him out of

Kentucky, they were returning to Somerset to be near

their supplies, when they came to the Cumberland . When

the Twenty Seventh reached the river they found two

ropes across, fastened about one hundred yards apart to

two trees on the north bank. The artillery was crossing by

the lower rope and the infantry by the upper one, on flat

boats manned by a detail from the Twelfth Illinois Regiment.


As the boat containing our men was crossing and

had reached the middle of the stream, the men lost their

hold on the rope and the boat drifted down the stream.


Reaching the lower rope the men manfully endeavored to

throw the rope up over their heads, but the current,

swelled by the recent rains was very swift and their effort

unsuccessful. The rope caught and in an instant the

boat was upset and sixty men were struggling together in

the water. Most of them had their rifles, blankets and

Equipment strapped to their shoulders, which prevented

them from making the effort they might otherwise have

made to escape.


Thirty two of the sixty were drowned. Some of the bodies

were recovered and buried by their comrades, but others

were never found.”


Of the thirty two who were lost, the following nineteen

were from Rockaway. (Unless otherwise stated they were


Gideon Bostedo, son of Jacob Bostedo, of Greenville,

about twenty-one years old.


Joseph Class, son of Mrs. Ann Class, from Rockaway

Valley, aged twenty four years. He left a widow, Henrietta

Class, and two children, William August and Joseph



Jesse DeMouth, son of widow Elizabeth DeMouth, of Meriden,

aged about twenty years.


Lemuel DeGraw, son of Isaac DeGraw, of Hibernia, and

brother of Joseph, who is named below, aged twenty five



James H. Fuller, eldest son of James( deceased) and

Harriet N. Fuller, born September 23, 1845, at Rockaway.


Lewis O. Green, who was a workman at the Rockaway

Rolling Mill and Steel Works, aged twenty-eight years.


John McCloskey, an employee in the Rockaway Steel

Works, aged twenty years.


Edward Nichols, son of Abial Nichols, of Beach Glen, aged

twenty-eight years.





Thomas Odell, son of Isaac Odell, about twenty-four years.

He left a widowed mother, Mrs. Catherine Odell.


James O’Neil, twenty-one years, another employee of Rockaway

Steel Works.


Ralston Peer, son of Ira and Eliza Ann Peer, from

Denville, born June 14,1844. He was buried on the banks of

the river.


Wilson Pittenger, son of Charles . And Matilda Pittenger,

from Powerville neighborhood. He was born at Stanhope,

May 28,1836, and left a widow, Harriet E. and two children,

Anna A. and Charles W.


James Shaw, son of James Shaw (deceased) and Anna

Shaw, of Meriden, aged about twenty-one years.


William Ocabock, son of Fredrick Ocabock, of Rockaway

Valley, aged twenty one years.


George Shawger, son of Lewis M. Shawger, of Splitrock.


Eliakim Sanders, from Beach Glen, son of Peter Sanders,

forty years old the day of his death. He left a widow, Mrs.

Jemima Sanders, and seven children. He was buried on the

rivers bank.


Samuel H. Smith, son of Daniel Smith, aged thirty two

years. He left a widow, Maria Smith ( afterwards Mrs.

Joseph Smith ), and two sons, Lewis A. and Frank H.

Smith. He had learned his trade, that of painter, from

Eliphalet Sturtevant, who lost his life at Gettysburg.


William H. Weaver, aged twenty six years, and a son of

widow Winnafred Weaver of Denville.


Of this same Company there perished by disease:

William Howell, son of Silvanus and Harriet Howell from near Powerville,

born November 14, 1833, and died at West Building Hospital, Baltimore April 10,1863 of

typhoid fever, and is buried at Rockaway. He left a widow

Mrs. Margaret Howell.


John Tenike, son of David and Sarah Ann Tenike, born

January 30, 1837, died March 30, 1865 at Chesapeake Hospital

of typhoid fever and is buried at Rockaway. He left a

widow, Hester Tenike (Name is Denike in the Adjutant

Generals Roll.)

Lewis Ward, son of Phineas and Nancy Ward, born April

29, 1829, he was discharged July2, 1865, but died August

27,1865 of disease contracted in the Army. He is buried at



James M. Freeman (Sergeant), son of Dayton C. and Jane

Freeman, born November 3, 1839, died June 8, 1863 of typhoid

fever at Shumard Hospital , Hickman’s Bridge Kentucky.

He is buried at National cemetery, Camp Nelson

,Kentucky-Section D ,Grave 97.


James H. Collard, of Hibernia, died of typhoid fever, January

8, 1863 at Washington D.C., and is buried at Military

Asylum Cemetery, D.C. He left a widow, Mrs. Rachel Morgan

Collard, but no children. (Military Asylum Cemetery is

now known as the National Cemetery at the Soldier and

Sailors home in Washington D.C.)


Joseph DeGraw, son of Isaac DeGraw, died of dysentery at

camp near Stamford Kentucky, May 2, 1863.


William DeMouth, son of widow Elizabeth DeMouth,

about twenty three years old. He died March 1,1863, at camp near Newport News Va., of chronic diarrhea.


Thomas DeMouth, son of James DeMouth of Meriden, age

about thirty three years, died January 26, 1863 at General

Hospital, Washington D.C., and is buried Military Asylum

Cemetery,D.C. He left a widow, Susan Greenswicke DeMouth,

and two children, Martha and Vinnir.


William Haycock, died at Newport News Va., March 15,

1863, and is buried there. He was about forty two years

old, and left a widow and six children. One of his sons

Jeremiah, was killed serving in the Fifteenth Regiment.


William Duly, of Company B, Twenty Seventh Regiment,

New Jersey Volunteers, and son of William and Jane

Duly, died at the age of eighteen years at Newport News,

Va. Of typhoid fever, and is buried there.


Many of the young men did not wait for the formation of

New Jersey regiments, but enlisted in companies forming

in New York. Of these:

Edward L. Marsh, son of Benjamin and Mary, born October

27,1832, enlisted May 7, 1861 in Company E ,Thirty Eighth

New York Volunteers. He was made a prisoner

July 24, 1861 at Bull Run, taken to Libby Prison, from

which he was released January 3, 1862, and returned to his

regiment. He died at his home in Rockaway May 30, 1862

from the effects of his imprisonment. He was the first soldier

to be buried at Rockaway.


Joseph E. Dickerson, son of Joseph G. and Rachel

Dickerson of Denville, enlisted just after the battle of Bull

Run in Company A, Second Regiment New York Cavalry

Volunteers. He died of typhoid fever February 3, 1862, at

Arlington Hospital at the age of twenty three years and

one month, and is buried at Denville. He was at the battle

of Ball’s Bluff.


Edward Smith, son of Jacob H. Smith, of Greenville,

enlisted October 3, 1861, at Dover, in Company F Sixty

Sixth New York Volunteers, but died of fever February 1,

1862 at the age of twenty six, near Alexandria , Va., and

is buried there.


In the Ninth New Jersey Volunteers were the following:

Hampton Whitehead, son of William B Whitehead of Mt.

Pleasant, enlisted September 24, 1861 in Company E Ninth

New Jersey Volunteers. He died at Brickyard Hospital

Newbern, North Carolina, March 17,1862 of a wound received

March 14th. He received a ball through the lungs,

and after his wound called the officer commanding his

company to him and said, "Lieutenant, I am going to die,

but give it to them! Give it to them!"


James Dougherty, brother of Anthony Dougherty, enlisted

September 10,1861 in Company C, Ninth New Jersey Volunteers,

and died August 3, 1864 aged about twenty years, in

Andersonville Prison, of dysentery caused by bad food and

exposure. He is buried in the National Cemetery there in

Grave # 4650.


In McClellan’s Campaign on the Peninsula in 1862 the following

seven lost their lives:

Jabez Winget, son of Joshua and Eunice Wingate, born

February 12, 1840 at Berkshire Valley, enlisted July 18,1861

in Company D Seventieth New York Volunteers. He was

shot through the head May 5,1862 at the battle of Williamsburg,



William H. Stickle, son of J. Parliament Stickle and

Phoebe E. stickle, enlisted July 18,1861 in Company D Seventieth

New York Volunteers, and was killed at the battle

of Williamsburg, Va. On May 5,1862.


George Wesley Peer, youngest son of Jacob and Hannah

Peer, born May 25, 1845 at Denville, enlisted October 2,

1861 in Company K, Seventh New Jersey Volunteers, and

died May 13,1862, at Yorktown, of fever. He is buried at

Denville. His commanding officer wrote, "He was a good

soldier and much loved by his comrades."


William H. Gard, son of William Gard, enlisted December

30,1861 in Company I Eighth New Jersey Volunteers. He

died of fever at Yorktown Va. On June 5,1862 and I buried

in the National Cemetery there in Grave # 370.


John W. Palmer, son of Abraham and Catherine Palmer,

born at white Meadow March 27, 1842, and enlisted August

22, 1861, in Company A Eighth Regiment New Jersey

Volunteers. He died of fever at United States General Hospital

at bottom Bridge Va. June 23, 1862.


George W. Blakely, son of John S. and Mary Blakely, of

Splitrock, was born at Haverstraw, New York August

19, 1821, and enlisted October 21, 1861 in Company K Seventh

New Jersey Volunteers. He died of typhoid fever July

28, 1862 at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York and is buried at

Cypress Hill Cemetery grave # 283. He left a widow, Mrs.

Sarah Blakely and seven children, most of them under sixteen

years of age.


Jacob M. Kinney, son of Jacob and Charlotte Hoff Kinney,

born April 23, 1832, at Mt. Pleasant, and enlisted August

23,1861, in Company A, Eighth New Jersey Volunteers.

He Was taken prisoner at Fair Oaks Virginia in June 1862

and died of privation August 5, 1862 at Belle Isle prison.


Two young men were killed during Pope’s Campaign in


Chileon Odell, son of widow Catherine Odell, (whose

brother drown in the Cumberland) enlisted September 3,

1861 in Company A, One Hundred and First New York

Volunteers, and was killed August 20, 1862 at Bull Run.

He was probably buried on the battlefield.


John R. Lyon, son of Stephen and Elizabeth Lyon, born

1844, enlisted October 2,1861 in Company K Seventh New

Jersey Volunteers, and died September 3, 1862, of wounds

received at the battle of Bristow Station, Va. On August

29,1862. He was buried on the battlefield.


During the same year, 1862 besides those killed, the following

men died of disease:

Abraham Stickle, son of Mahlon and Dororthy Stickle,

born in 1837, and enlisted July 8,1862 in Company D Eleventh

New Jersey Volunteers. He died August 18,1862 at

Trenton and is buried at Rockaway.


Mahlon Stickle, brother of Abraham, born August

1840, and enlisted September 3,1861 in Battery B, First New

Jersey Artillery. He was discharged for disability, August

1, and died September 1, 1862. He is also buried at Rockaway.


Lewis Shawger, son of Lewis Shawger, of Splitrock, and

brother of George who was drowned in the Cumberland

River, enlisted September 13,1861 in Company F, Fifty

First New York Volunteers, and died of disease November

10,1862 at General Hospital, Washington, D.C.


Elijah Bruen, son of Cyrenus (deceased) and Charlotte

Bruen, was born in 1842 and enlisted January 23, 1862 in

Company K, Seventh New jersey Volunteers, transferred

to Company C. He died while on furlough, at Rockaway on

June 7, 1865, in his twenty third year of life, of consumption

contracted in the service. He is buried at Madison.


Jacob P. Stickle Jr., son of J. Parliment Stickle, enlisted

September 3, 1861 in Battery B, First New Jersey Artillery,

was discharged October 10, 1862, and died at home in

Boonton. He left one daughter - Ada Stickle.


Henry Weaver, son of Thomas Weaver, was born at Newfoundland,

September 13, 1828. He enlisted August 22, 1861

in Company A, Eighth New Jersey Volunteers, and reenlisted

December 25,1863. He was discharged August 15,

1865, on account of wounds received in action, and died

from consumption and his unhealed wounds December

27,1866. He is buried at Rockaway.


Richard Henderson, son of Henry and Harriet Henderson,

aged about twenty-one years, enlisted August 6, 1862

in Company H, Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers, and died

near Fredericksburg on December 30,1862 of inflammation

of the lungs. He was buried there.


The campaign of 1863 opened with the battles of Chancellorsville

and Salem Heights, and then the following lost

their lives:

Thomas Jefferson Hyler, son of Daniel and Mary Hyler of

Meriden, enlisted August 22, 1861 in Company A, Eighth

New Jersey Volunteers. He was killed at Chancellorsville,

May 3, 1863, and was buried on the field.


Daniel H. Palmer, son of Ezekiel and Sarah Palmer, from

Franklin, enlisted August 16,1862 in Company E, Eleventh

New Jersey Volunteer. He was wounded at Chancellorsville

May 3, 1863 and taken to Washington where he died

June 23,1863, and was buried at Military Asylum Cemetery,



Felix Cash, son of widow Sarah Cash, born about 1838,

enlisted August 12, 1862 in Company F Fifteenth New Jersey

Volunteers. He was shot in the arm on May 3 at Salem

Heights and died at Potomac Creek Hospital May 16, 1863.

(Felix Cash was identified in 1932 and re-interred at Fredericksburg

national Cemetery)


There followed the Gettysburg campaign, when the following

lost their lives:

Anson Waer, son of William H. and Sarah Waer, of Rockaway,

born 1841, enlisted October 5,1861,in Company A

Eighth New Jersey Volunteers. He was killed at Gettysburg

July 3, 1863, and was buried on the battlefield.


Thomas Tinney, son of Neal and Ellen Tinney, born in

1839, enlisted August 16,1862 in Company E, Eleventh New

Jersey Volunteers. He was killed instantly by a cannon

ball July 2, 1863 in the “Peach Orchard” at Gettysburg, and

fills an unknown grave.


Eliphalet Sturtevant, son of Thomas and Mary Sturtevant,

born April 7, 1821, enlisted August 18,1862 in Company E,

Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers, promoted to Sergeant,

was wounded July 2, and died of his wounds July 13,1863. He is

buried at Rockaway. He left a wife and five children.


In this year 1863 ,there died from disease from this township:

Joseph Smith, son of Burnet and Delia Smith of Denville.

He enlisted in the Second District of Columbia Volunteers

( Lincoln Guards) and died in Washington D.C. of typhoid

fever, February 19,1863, aged twenty-one years, one

month, seven days. He is buried at Denville.


Columbus M. Shawger, son of Daniel and Cynthia Shawger,

of Greenville, enlisted August 18, 1862, in Company

E, Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers. He died of typhoid fever

at Falmouth ,Va., March 20, 1863 in his twentieth year.

(Columbus Shawger’s remains were identified in 1932 and

re-interred in Fredericksburg National Cemetery)


Benajah D. Waer, aged about thirty three, enlisted August

12, 1862, in Company F, Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers.

After following the regiment to Salem Heights and back

to White Oak Church, he died at the latter camp May 9,

1862 of chronic diarrhea, and was buried there. He left a

widow Mary Waer, and four children, Louisa, George

Sarah and Emily, all under the age of sixteen.


Abraham Earls, son of Morris Earls, born at Stoney Brook,

enlisted September 14, 1864 in Company K, Thirty Ninth

New Jersey Volunteers. He was wounded at Petersburg,

and died May 6, 1865 at Alexandria Virginia, and is buried

in the National Cemetery there in grave # 3120.


In the western armies, besides those of the Twenty Seventh

regiment, were:

John Henry Beach, son of Joseph H. and Elvira Beach,

born June 10, 1843, at Honesdale Pennsylvania, enlisted in

May 1864 while in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in Company

H, One Hundred and Thirty Fifth Indiana Regiment of

One Hundred Day Men. He died of typhoid fever June

30,1864 at Bridgeport, Alabama, and is buried at Rockaway.


Edward Barnes, son of Edward and Hannah Dobbins Barnes,

aged thirty two, of Greenville, enlisted November 3,

1863 in Company C, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry, and died of

disease contracted in service, May 8, 1864 at Baton Rouge

Louisiana. He left a widow and three children Joseph T.,

Almira C., and Edward S.


Besides those named, and who died in battle, in hospitals,

or as prisoners of War, the following died at home from

wounds received, or disease contracted in the service:

Clifton Peer, son of widow Susan Peer of Denville, born at

Denville, enlisted in Company K, first New Jersey Volunteers.

He was discharged August 15, 1864 for disability,

and died February 5,1865, about thirty two years of age, of

disease contracted in service. He left a widow Ellen

(Cook) Peer, and two children– Elvira and Clara. He is

buried at Rockaway Valley.


William Heminover, son of Luther and Emmeline Henderson

Heminover, enlisted February 14,1862 in Company G,

First New Jersey Cavalry, discharged at Satterlee United

States General Hospital, West Philadelphia, February

7,1863, and died the next day, aged sixteen years and eight

days. He is buried in Greenville.


In Grant’s Wilderness Campaign of 1864 five men from

Rockaway were killed, all from the Fifteenth regiment:


Alfred B. Jackson, son of Stephen J. and Mary Ann Jackson,

born October 5, 1844. He enlisted January 2, 1864 as a

recruit, in Company D, Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers.


In the unsuccessful charge at Spotsylvania , on the afternoon

of May 8, 1864 he was killed, and his body fell into

the hands of the rebels.


Bernard Johnson, son of widow Ellen Johnson,( his father

was killed in Teabo Mine) enlisted December 31, 1863, as a

recruit in Company D, Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers.

He was wounded in the charge May 8 at Spotsylvania, but

lingered until May 20,1864 when he died of his wounds. He

was buried at the field hospital.


John Moran, of Mount Hope, enlisted December 31, 1863 as

a recruit in Company D, Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers.

He was wounded at Spotsylvania , and died at the field

hospital May 12, 1864, where he is buried . He left a

widow, Mrs. . Catherine Moran9 a sister of Bernard Johnson)

and six children-Mary9 (Mrs. .Walter McKinnon),

Edward, Barney, Michael, Amelia and Frank.


Jeremiah Haycock, whose father died while serving in the

Twenty Seventh New Jersey Volunteers, was born at

Pompton February 25, 1842, and enlisted August 8, 1862 in

Company C Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers. He also was

wounded in the charge May 8 at Spotsylvania and died

The next day in a field hospital, where he was buried.


Samuel Farrand Kitchel, son of Abraham Ford and Elizabeth

Kitchel, born September 1,1843, enlisted Company K,

Seventh New Jersey Volunteers, January 4, 1864, transferred

to Company C, was captured at Spotsylvania, Virginia

May 8, 1864, and died at Andersonville Prison September

12, 1864. He is buried in the National Cemetery

there in grave # 8649.


John T. Heminover, enlisted December 5,1863 in Company

E, Third New Jersey Cavalry, was taken prisoner, and

died at Salisbury North Carolina December 4, 1864

George Crim, son of Henry Crim, from Guinea Forge, born

December 15, 1839, enlisted October 6, 1862 in Company K,

Second New Jersey Cacalry 9 Harris’ Light), was taken

prisoner March 3, 1864 in Kilpatricks Raid near Richmond,

when Colonel Dahlgren was killed. He died at

Andersonville Prison October 26, 1864 as a member of

Company B, to which he was transferred while a prisoner.


During this year there also perished by disease the following:

Elijah Struble, son of William (deceased) and Catherine

Struble, enlisted August 28, 1863 in Company C Second

New jersey Cavalry. He died at White’s Station Tennessee,

June 4, 1864 of typhoid fever. (His name is spelled Strouble

on the Adjutant generals record.)


Charles Spencer, son of Nathaniel and Betsey Spencer,

born November 4, 1844 at Longwood, enlisted March 4,

1864 in Company D, Fifth New Jersey Volunteers, and

died June 14, 1864 of chronic diarrhea at Fairfax seminary

Hospital, Virginia. He is buried at National cemetery,

Alexandria Va. In grave # 2140


John Spear, son of Benjamin and Ann Spear, born in 1828,

enlisted first in Company L Twenty Seventh New Jersey

Volunteers, served his nine months in that regiment, and

then enlisted December 31, 1863 in Company K, Seventh

New Jersey Volunteers, transferred to Company C. He

died at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia December 14,

1864. He is buried at Denville.


In the closing scenes of the war, in about Petersburg,

which was invested on one side in July 1864, and finally

captured in April 1865, the following lost their lives:

Edwin Zeek, son of Stephen and Jane Zeek, of Beach Glen,

enlisted September 28, 1864 in Company E ,First New Jersey

Cavalry. He died of fever, at Regimental Hospital

near Petersburg January 18, 1865, and is buried at Rockaway.


William Thompson, son of William and Jane Thompson,

born December 1, 1844, in Rockaway, enlisted first December

3, 1861 in Company G , Eighth New Jersey Volunteers,

and was discharged for disability November 27, 1862. He

enlisted the second time March 7, 1864 in Company K, Seventh

New Jersey Volunteers, and was killed by a sharpshooter

before Petersburg, Virginia September 29, 1864,

and is buried at Rockaway.


William R. Shores, enlisted March 16, 1864 in Company E

First New Jersey Cavalry, and was killed at Farmville,

near Appomattox Court House , Virginia, April 6, 1865

while in pursuit of the enemy. He left two children– Whitfield

and Clara (Mrs. Frank Stephens).


Lemuel O. Smith, son of David Smith, enlisted December

30, 1863 in Company E, First New Jersey Cavalry. He

was killed April 9, 1865 near Appomattox Court House,

Virginia, and is buried at Poplar Grove Cemetery, section

E, grave # 276.


George Daniel Foulds, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Foulds

was born June 13, 1843 and enlisted August 12, 1862 in Company

F Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers. He was killed

at” The Angle” at Spotsylvania, May 12, 1864 and his body

was buried on the battlefield. He was in every battle of his

regiment from Fredericksburg until he was killed.


In 1864 Andersonville and Salisbury Prison pens destroyed

nearly as many as the bullet, and of these the following,

besides one already named, were from Rockaway:

Joshua Beach, son of John and Sophia Beach, enlisted August

18, 1862 in Company E, Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers.

He was captured at Locust Grove, near Mine Run,

November 27,1863 and died August 1, 1864 , of privation,

at Andersonville Prison. He is buried in the National

Cemetery there in grave # 1548. ( Joshua Beach was moved

to the Presbyterian Cemetery in Rockaway.)


Gilbert Blanchard, son of Aaron and Susan Blanchard,

enlisted October 2, 1861 in Company K, Seventh New Jersey

Volunteers. He was captured June 23, 1864, before Petersburg

and taken to Andersonville Prison. He died there

August 13, 1864 of dropsy induced by exposure August 13,

1864. He is buried in the National cemetery there in grave

# 5483.


Cyrus Talmadge, son of widow Catherine Talmadge, born

February 18, 1842, enlisted August 18, 1862 in Company

E ,Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers. He was captured at

Locust Grove, near Mine Run in Virginia November 27,

1863 and taken to Andersonville Prison. He died there September

2, 1864. He is buried in the National Cemetery there.


The Civil war Monument in the Presbyterian Cemetery

Was erected in 1892 by the Soldiers Association of Rockaway

Township. One of the goals set forth at the first

meeting on May 30,1869 was erecting a suitable monument.

It would take until 1892 for the Association to

gather the funds, the land, and the monument. The

monument was re-dedicated by the now named Rockaway,

Marcella and Denville Memorial Association on

May 30, 1992, the 100th anniversary of its original unveiling

and dedication.




Those who were Killed or Missing In Action:

Samuel Chiarella, U.S. Army 4th Engineer Regiment,4th

Infantry Division, died October 5, 1918, buried MeuseArgonne

American Cemetery, Romagne France, plot Frow

3 grave 17.


Jack Harcourt, U.S. Army, 463rd Motor Transport

Corps, died September 22,1918,buried Presbyterian Cemetery.


Anthony Keplar, born October 29, 1891, U.S. Army, Company

C , CBG, 325th Infantry, died October 12, 1918, buried

St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.


Vincent R. Manning, U.S. Army, 18th Field Artillery

Regiment,3rd Division, died July 18, 1918 buried AisneMarne

American Cemetery Belleau ,France, plot B, row 1,

grave 21.


James Peer, U.S. Army, 347th Infantry Regiment,

87th Division, died October 23, 1918, buried Oise-Aisne

American Cemetery , France, plot D, row 18, grave 2.


Frank Reynolds Sr., born 1891, 307 th Labor Battalion,

died 1918, buried St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.


Herbert Smith, U.S. Marine Corps,5th Marine Regiment,2nd

Infantry Division, died September 15, 1918, Tablets

of the Missing St. Mihiel American Cemetery, France.


Robert G. Snyder, U.S. Army, 84th Company, 6th regiment,

Expeditionary Force, born 1893, died 1918, buried in

Marcella Union cemetery, section C lot 8.


Henry Stark, U.S. Army 148th Infantry, 37th Division,

died October 1, 1918, buried Presbyterian Cemetery.


Those who Died Non Battle:


Ernest Harner Sr., U.S. Army died October 3, 1918 at Camp

Mead, buried Presbyterian Cemetery.


William Lewis, U.S. Army 348th Infantry, 87th Division,

died November 17, 1918 in France, buried Presbyterian



The World War Memorial Monument was erected in

1935 by the Soldiers Association. The monument is in the

Presbyterian Cemetery to the right of the Civil War

Monument. This memorial carries the names of all the

soldiers who served in World War I from the 3 towns.


There is one error on the tablet, Theodore Marshall is

erroneously listed as being killed in the war, he was not.






Those killed or missing in action from the 3 towns:

Hunter Allen, U.S. Army,, Air Corps, Sgt. 931st Bomber

Squadron ,Missing In Action April 20, 1944,Monument in

North Africa.

Charles Berdone, U.S. Army Air Corps, 1st Lieutenant 13th

Bomber Group, Large Missing In Action December 12,

1945,Tablets of the Missing at Manila American cemetery

Manila, Philippines.

John H. Bonsall, U.S. Army, Office of Strategic Services,

died August 30, 1944, buried Marne ,France.

Philip Brodziak, U.S. Army Air Corps, Technical Sgt. 38th

Bomber Squadron 30thBomber Group, Heavy.” Pistol

Packin Mama”, Missing In Action September 11,

1944,Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu,


Leslie L. Cook, U.S. Navy, died 1942,torpedoed in the Caribbean.

Robert Cook, U.S. Army, Served with Patton through

France, he was killed when his jeep hit a land mine in Germany,

buried Rockaway Valley Cemetery.

Charles B. Copeland, U.S. Naval Reserve , Electricians

Mate, Missing In Action January 15, 1946, Tablets of the

Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu ,Hawaii.

Edward T. Everman, U.S. Naval Reserve, Missing In Action

November 10, 1944,Tablets of the Missing at Manila

American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.


Michael Gallos, U.S. Army, 499th Army Air Corps Bomber

Squadron, died November 11, 1944, buried Saint Peter and

Paul Cemetery.

Andrew Gaydos III, U.S. Army 305th Infantry Division,

died July 22, 1944, buried Rockaway Presbyterian Cemetery.

Johnie George, U.S. Army, 314th Infantry, 79th Division

7th Army, died October 2, 1944, buried Saint Peter and

Paul Cemetery.

Michael George, U.S. Army, 377th Infantry , 95th Division

3rd Army, died December 10, 1944, buried Saint Peter

and Paul Cemetery.

Richard J. Glattly, U.S. Army Air Corps, 20th Bomber

Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group, Heavy , died November 2,

1944, buried Florence American Cemetery , Florence, Italy,

plot A row 8, grave 46.

Paul V. Hart, U.S. Army, 327th Infantry, 94th Infantry

Division, died January 14, 1945, buried Saint Cecilia’s


Charles E. Henning, U.S. Army, killed in action 1945 buried

in Illinois.

Robert J . Hogan, U.S. Army, killed in action 1945, no burial


Thomas A. Hosking, U.S. Army, 179th Engineer Combat

Division, died November 9, 1944, buried Lorraine American

Cemetery, Saint Avoid , France, plot C, row 20, grave



Robert H. Jenkins, U.S. Marine Corps, died November 30,

1942, buried National cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu,

Hawaii, plot A, row 0, grave 637.

Orin S. Lamerton, U.S. Navy, SM, 2nd C1, died September

1, 1945,buried Rockaway Presbyterian Cemetery.

Andrew C. Martin, U.S. Army, 255th Infantry , 63 rd Division,

died February 24, 1945, buried St .Cecilia’s Cemetery.

Robert F. Mac Kenzie, U.S. Army, Infantry, Dental Division

taken as a Prisoner of war to Reserve Lazaret III,

Bremen Oldenburg, Germany ,died April 24, 1945 as a


Austin J. Minor, U.S. Army, died September, 17, 1944,

buried 1949 Long Island National Cemetery, New York,

section, grave 14060.

Arthur G. Nichols, U.S. Army Air Corps, died July 8, 1943,

buried Rockaway Presbyterian Cemetery.

Wallace Peer, U.S. Army Air Corps, 622nd TSS, died April

11, 1943, buried Denville Cemetery.

John F. Phillips, U.S. Navy Seabees, died September 10,

1944, buried Denville Cemetery.

Carroll W. Roleson, U.S. Army, Killed In Action 1944, no

burial information.

Felix Rovinsky, U.S. Navy, Chief Water tender, Killed In

Action 1945, no burial information.

Harry M. Smith, U.S. Army , 112th Infantry regiment,

28th Infantry Division, died September 16, 1944, buried Henri-Chappelle American Cemetery, France, plot H, row

7, grave 13.

Edward Stoner, U.S. Army, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd

Infantry Division, died February 8, 1944, buried Florence

American Cemetery, Florence France, plot B, row 11,

grave 45.

Richard A. Winters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 703 RD

Bomber Squadron, died March 3, 1945, buried Rockaway

Presbyterian Cemetery.

Those who Died Non Battle:

John T. Best, U.S. Army, no further information.

Paul A. Bakos, U.S. Army,5th Ranger Battalion, died September

14, 1945, buried Epinal American Cemetery,

France, plot B, row 20, grave 31.

William Burrow Jr. U.S. Army, died at Walter Reed Hospital

Washington D.C. February 10, 1945, buried Rockaway

Presbyterian Cemetery.

Frederick J. Deck Jr., U.S. Army Air Corps, 787th Bomber

Squadron,466th Bomber group, Heavy, died September 16,

1944 , buried Cambridge American Cemetery, England,

plot F, row 3 , grave 71.

Joseph A. Machinshok, U.S. Army, 96th Quartermaster

Company, 96th Infantry Division, died April 25, 1945, buried

National Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu Hawaii,

plot N, row 0, grave 1211

Robert F. Malloy, U.S. Army, Flight Officer, died March

18, 1945, buried Arlington National Cemetery.


Anne E. Passmore, U.S. Army, Women’s Army Corps,

Aviation Cadet, no further information.


Wiley W. Walters, U.S. Army Air Corps, died September

20,1946, buried Arlington National Cemetery.


Florence Lorraine Weil, U.S. Army, Women’s Army Corps,

died March 24, 1943, buried Rockaway Presbyterian Cemetery.


The Rockaway Township Roll of Honor was erected in

1972 by American Legion Post # 344. The monument sits

by the gazebo at Park Lake.





Those Killed In Action:

Walter Clark Jr. , U.S. Army, died September 19, 1951, buried

Arlington National Cemetery.


Clarence Corby Jr., U.S. Army, died May 28, 1951, buried



Andrew Lopuhovsky, U.S. Army, 24th Infantry Division,

died July 16, 1950, buried St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.

William D. Rhodes, U.S. Marine Corps, Headquarters

Company, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division,

Died February 18, 1953 , buried Rockaway Presbyterian



The original plaque at the Library in Rockaway Borough.





Those Killed In Action :

Jeffrey J. Brown, U.S. Navy, died November 22,

1967, buried Denville Cemetery.


Frank A. Price III, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st

Battalion ,5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry

Division, died October 15, 1967, buried Denville



Swante A. Swenson, U.S. Army died January 11,

1968, burial unknown.


William P. Weber, U.S. Army, Company A 46th

Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, died July

7, 1968, buried Denville Cemetery.


Allen W. Vanderhoof, U.S. Army, died May 21, 1

1968, burial unknown.


Those who died Non Battle:

Charles A. Philhower, U.S. Navy, Fireman Apprentice

U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, died December 6, 1965,

burial unknown.
Decoration Day


Memorial Day


Grand Army of the Republic

May 5, 1868


The thirtieth of May 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing

with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades

who died in defense of their country, and whose bodies lie in almost

every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.

All the consecrated wealth and care that the nation can add to

their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory

of het slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rude on such

hallowed ground. Let pleasant paths invite coming and going of

reverent visitors and fond mourners . L et no vandalism, or avarice,

or neglect, no ravage of time, testify to the present or coming

generations that we have forgotten s a people the cost of a

free and undivided country.


If other eyes grow dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts

cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the

light and warmth of life remains to us. Let us then, at the time

appointed, gather round their sacred remains and garland the

passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of

springtime. Let us raise above them the grand old flag they saved

from dishonor; let us in their presence renew our pledges to aid

and assist those whom they left among us—a sacred charge of a

nations gratitude-the soldiers widows and orphans.


It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this

observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to

year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory

of his departed comrades.


By Order of:

John A. Logan

Commander in Chief

Grand Army of the Republic

Nypd Flag At Half Mast History of half staff

Thank you for your service