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117th Cav Association

Honor Roll

This page is dedicated to our fallen brothers, sisters and their spouses. The post will remain here for 1 year or so and then removed. Past TAPS notices can still be found in the SPUR for those who wish to review these at a later date.

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Readers: Please notify Membership Chairman SGM (Ret.) Ken Mahan of the death of members of the Association, WWII vets who served in the 117th, 102nd or 38th Cavalry Squadrons, or anyone who served in the post war cavalry units.

Past TAPS notices can still be found in the SPUR Archives


VERNON PEDERSEN (1943 - 2018) Captain, Springfield Police Department Vernon A. Pedersen, 74, of Springfield, N.J., passed peacefully on Jan. 3, 2018. Vernon lived in Springfield for many years. Retiring as an LTC, he served proudly in the U.S. Army for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Pedersen (nee McGough); children, Laurie Hogan and James Pedersen; five grandchildren, and three siblings.

STEPHEN S. CUP was born on November 2, 1919 and passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Stephen was a resident of the small mountain town of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania at the time of passing. Stephen was married to Helen Mae. He was a miner, and loved hunting and fishing. He enlisted in the US Army, serving in combat with the 102d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz), Recon Troop A. Steve was a scout, Tech.5, wounded in action and decorated with the Purple Heart. Steve was an expert shot and would hunt deer to supplement rations for his buddies.

Leon F. LaPoint, age 70, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at his home in Brick. Born in Newark, Lee grew up in Union, and had lived in North Edison and then Wall for 27 years and has been residing in Brick for the past seven years. Mr. LaPoint is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the New Jersey Army National Guard for 34 years. Lee was an independent mortgage settlement agent, owned and operated a corporate transportation company for many years in Neptune and retired from AT&T. In his spare time, he was a member of the Shark River Beach and Yacht Club. Surviving are his beloved wife, Kathleen Ann (Duffy) LaPoint; his son, Michael LaPoint, his daughter Alicia Keating and her husband Robert of Old Bridge; his grandchildren, Robert, Leigh-Ann, Alexandria and Daniella and many extended family and friends.

Henry Forstenhausler, 88, of North Caldwell passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Born in Scotch Plains, N.J., Mr. Forstenhausler lived in Linden and Bloomfield, before moving to North Caldwell in 1958. A proud member of the New Jersey National Guard for over 42 years, which included 13 years in the Air Defense, Mr. Forstenhausler retired as a Master Sergeant in 1989. He was a life member of the NJ NCO Association, a member of the 117th Cavalry Association in Westfield and the 42d DISCOM Alumni Association. He was also awarded the Samuel Sharpe Medal.

He worked at General Motors and in construction. He later worked for the Department of Motor of Vehicles in Morristown and the North Caldwell Court Clerk.

Active in his community, he was a recipient of the 200 Club Valor Award for helping to save the occupants of a burning car. Mr. Forstenhausler was a member of the North Caldwell Special Police for 28 years and the North Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department for 39 years, where he was a life member and served as president. He was also a life member of the New Jersey Firemen’s Association and New Jersey State Exempt Firemen’s Association.

He was a founding parishioner of Notre Dame Church where he served as an usher, a member of the North Caldwell Senior Citizens, the North Caldwell Centennial Committee, and an Assistant Scout Master of the North Caldwell Boy Scouts Troop One. Mr. Forstenhausler was a member of the American Rose Society, Garden State Rose Club and the North Jersey Rose Society. As a member of the American Rose Society, he received the Silver Honor Medal of the Penn-Jersey District in 2002 and the Bronze Medal from the North Jersey Rose Society in 2000.

The beloved husband of 62 years to Marion (nee Grimm), he was the loving father of Mark Forstenhausler and his wife, Susan, and Matt Forstenhausler and his wife, Diana, and cherished grandfather of Lauren, Alex and Emma. He was predeceased by his dear siblings, George and John Forstenhausler, Elizabeth Danko and Matilda Allen.

Vito "Vic" Morgano, US Army National Guard Major General Retired, 81, husband of Louise Russo Morgano, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 26, 2017. Born in Manhattan, NY, he was a son of the late Paul and Mary Longo Morgano. Major General Morgano attended Long Branch High School in Long Branch and enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard on his 17th birthday in 1953. He earned a Bachelor of Science from State University of New York. Major General Morgano was the 28th Adjutant General of New Jersey from December 7, 1990 until his retirement in February 1994. Prior to becoming Adjutant General, he was employed by the Prudential Insurance Company, retiring in 1990. He and his wife, Louise (Russo) were married on February 21, 1959 and lived in the West Long Branch community for many years. Major General Morgano served as a council member, police commissioner, and fire commissioner in West Long Branch. In addition to his loving wife of 58 years, he is survived by two sons, Victor Morgano and wife, Michele and Paul Morgano and wife, Susan; six grandchildren, Courtney Rivera and husband, Jose, Gabrielle Morgano, Patrick Morgano and wife, Jill, Noelle Morgano, Victoria Morgano, and Mary Page Morgano; three great grandchildren, Camden, Ava Gianna, and Vito; and a brother, Carmine Morgano, of Long Branch. Major General Morgano was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Fasano.

Stanley Krenkowitz, 85, died on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, N.J. Born and raised in Irvington, N.J., Mr. Krenkowitz moved to West Orange, N.J., in 1968 and was an active member of the Essex Troop of West Orange for many years. Mr. Krenkowitz was career military, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the NJ Army National Guard. After his time in the Army, he was a sales manager for Carrier Air Conditioning in Long Island City, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Victoria Krenkowitz; sisters, Helen Smith and Mary Baker; son John E. Morrison, and nephew, Paul Krenkowitz. Mr. Krenkowitz is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Ann M. Krenkowitz; son Michael Krenkowitz; daughter, Valerie Ann Sloboda and her husband, Robert Jr.; grandchildren, Robert J. III, Alicia Ann, and Louis J. Sloboda, and great-granddaughter, Layla Sloboda. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert P. and William P. Krenkowitz, and nieces, Linda Krenkowitz and Susan Ford.

Benedetto Carroccetto, 67, of Palmer Twp., PA passed away on October 27, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospice House in Bethlehem, PA. Ben was born on August 2, 1950, in San Fratello, Italy to the late Cirino and Carmela (Lo Balbo) Carroccetto. He grew up in Sicily and Easton, PA then graduated from Wilson High School in Easton, PA in 1970. After high school, he attended Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA where he received an Associate’s Degree in General Studies in 1978. Ben was a 37-year veteran, serving both the regular Army and the New Jersey Army National Guard on active duty. His initial assignment was as a General’s Aide during the Vietnam War and he continued serving thru the Gulf War until his retirement. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and was highly decorated with numerous awards and distinctions, including Meritorious Service Medals (awarded 3 times), Army Commendation Medals (awarded 6 times), Army Achievement Medal (awarded 4 times), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and The Honorable Order of St. Martin. After retiring from active duty, Ben worked at Picatinny Arsenal as an Analyst for 4 additional years. He was a member of the First and Fifth Tank Battalion Association, Essex Troop Association and Iron Horseman. He worked tirelessly as a Senior Counselor for the New Jersey National Guard Youth Camp.

Ben was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church, in Easton, PA. He enjoyed his retirement and spending time with his grandson Luca, woodworking, and walking his dog Leo. Ben was married to Maria T. (Todaro) Carroccetto with whom he celebrated 40 years of marriage last August. In addition to his wife, Ben is survived by his daughter Carmelina Lombardi and husband Mario; grandchildren Luca Carmen Lombardi and expected granddaughter of Easton, PA; his brother Alfio Carroccetto and wife Susan of San Antonio, FL; nephews Charles Carroccetto and wife Kellie, and Alfio Carroccetto and wife Stephanie. He is preceded in death by his parents, Cirino and Carmela Carroccetto and beloved niece and goddaughter Bettina Carroccetto.

Stephen McGoonan, age 45 of Wantage passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon. Born in Englewood, Steve graduated from High Point Regional High School in 1990 and has lived in Sussex County all of his life. He had enlisted in the United States Army on April 10, 1990 and served in Afghanistan from December 19, 2007 until September 18, 2008. He retired as a Sergeant First Class from the New Jersey Army National Guard. Steve had been employed as an elevator constructor for Otis Elevator Company. He was predeceased by his mother, Dona McGoonan; his maternal grandparents, Pat and Fred McAliece; and his paternal grandfather, Stephen McGoonan, Sr.. Steve is survived by his parents, Stephen and Joy McGoonan of Wantage; his brothers, Jim McGoonan and his wife Amanda of Wantage and Sean McGoonan of Hardyston; his paternal grandmother, Gladys McGoonan of Wantage; his fiancÚ, Maureen Las and her daughter Olivia; his niece, Dona McGoonan; and his cousins, Lori, Keith and TJ Fedirko and Tammy, Jim and Megan Hobart.

John Scannell, 88, of Scotch Plains, died on Friday, September 29, 2017John was born in Newark, NJ. He was raised and lived in Hillside, and settled to Scotch Plains in 1963. For 35 years, John worked as an aircraft mechanic for the Army National Guard. He was mostly stationed in NJ but, traveled throughout the Country with the Army National Guard; where he received the rank of First Sergeant, Troop D (air) 5-117th Cavalry. Upon his retirement, John then worked for Sears in Watchung, NJ for many years. John was a certified scuba instructor, who enjoyed to travel and go on adventurous dives. He was an avid golfer who always founds time to squeeze in a couple of holes whether it was with family or friends. John had a great sense of humor, and was always able to make people laugh. He loved his family unconditionally especially his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed nothing more than cooking for and entertaining his family and friends at his home.

John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane B.; his two sons Ret. Col. John W. (Cathy) and James A. (Pamela); his two daughters Debra J. and Diane L.; and his four grandchildren Sean, Danny, Ryan, and Gabriella.

Clarence William 'Bill' Hettrick Army veteran, retired supervisor at Westfield Armory 87, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2017. Born in Union, N.J., Bill was raised in East Orange, N.J. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was the supervisor for the Division of Military and Veterans Affairs at the Westfield Armory, retiring in 2001. After retiring, he was an avid golfer and loved spending time with his faithful companion, AJ. Bill was the beloved husband of Jacqueline; devoted father of Peggy Ann Hettrick, Donna (Paul) Farrelly, Susan Dougherty, Diane (the late Larry Weiss) Hettrick, Mary (Victor) Maksimow, and Billy Hettrick. Bill is also survived by his step-sons, Robert Fallat and Ronald Franz, 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Deborah Lynn Hettrick, and grandson, Lance Corporal John Dougherty.

Anne Bradley Carnevali, Lakeland Florida passed away on February 27, 2016. She was born on September 14, 1918, in Philadelphia, PA. In 1942 Anne enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary. First a drill sergeant, she was later assigned to General Eisenhower's Headquarters in Algiers, North Africa. Before leaving for that assignment on a Navy ship, an Associated Press photographer took her picture and that led to her selection to appear on WAAC recruitment posters and in an Army movie short film. Anne was the second highest ranking non-commissioned WAAC in Africa. War correspondent Ernie Pyle wrote 'The most soldierly of all the WAC's I've seen is Anne Bradley of Philadelphia. Furthermore, she is so good looking, it makes you hurt. In addition, she has a personality that breaks you down without resistance. In 1943, Anne met and married Cavalry Lt. Santi Carnevali while serving in North Africa. Soon after, she was transported back to the United States after contracting malaria. She left the service as a Master Sergeant. After the war, the couple settled and raised their family in White Plains, NY. Their retirement years were spent in Sea Isle City, NJ and Lakeland, FL. Anne was predeceased by her husband, Judge Santi Carnevali, parents, Joseph and Nora Bradley, and five siblings Joseph, Mary, Gerald, Virginia, and Joan. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Kathleen and Dan Venezia, Nancy and Walter Skloss, John Bradley, and Cindy Carnevali and Paul and Grace Carnevali; siblings, Edna Otten, David Bradley, and Sr. Barbara Bradley, SSJ; sisters-in-law Carol Sibilia and Mary Bradley; ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and very good friends. Anne was a generous, fun-loving, unique individual who enriched the lives of those who knew her. She was loved and will be missed.

Judge Santi L. Carnevali of Lakeland Florida passed away on November 30, 2015. He was born June 6, 1918 in White Plains, New York. He graduated from the University of Georgia and Fordham Law School. Santi served during World War II in North Africa and Europe as a Captain in the 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz) of the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre. During his service, he married WAAC Master Sergeant Anne Bradley in Algiers. He was recalled to duty during the Korean War. During his professional career, he was employed by the City of White Plains, New York as a corporation counsel, city prosecutor, and city court judge. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Catherine Carnevali and his brother, Dr. John Carnevali. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Anne Carnevali; his sister, Carol Sibilla; and four children and their spouses, Kathy and Dan Venezia, Nancy and Walter Skloss, Jay and Cindy Carnevali, and Paul and Grace Carnevali; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His retirement years were spent with his wife in Sea Isle City, New Jersey and Lakeland, Florida.

Marvin Douglas Carlile Dec. 25, 1919 ~ Aug. 20, 2015 Resident of Orinda, CA. He touched many lives with his sweet spirit and great sense of humor. Marv was born in Bellevue, Kansas on Christmas day 1919 to Charles Carlile and Anna Rohrer. He attended Richmond High and San Francisco State. Marv then entered WWII at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri Army Corps of Engineers, then into the European Theatre from December 1, 1941 - 1946. He joined the 117th Cavalry Recon Squadron (Mecz) in Algeria. He had a very distinguished Army career and was privileged to encounter Charles DeGaulle as well as Winston Churchill. He left the Army with 2 Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and rank of Captain. Upon returning home he married Patricia Keading and they had their first child, Sandy. They moved to Saudi Arabia where Marv was head of Human Resources for Standard Oil. Two more daughters were born in Arabia, Judy and Nancy. While in Arabia the family traveled often thru Europe. Upon returning home to live in Orinda, his son Jeffery was born. He owned two business, one being the Brass Rail Restaurant in Alameda. Marv is survived by his wife Patricia his daughters Sandy Fraser, Judy Rossi, Nancy Johnson, and his son Jeffery Carlile. He is also survived by two grandchildren; Erin Martinez & Mandy Harbrecht also three great grandchildren; Anthony McKay, Savannah Martinez, Kayleigh Harbrecht. Marvin had a beautiful life well lived.

Kenneth Albert Sikorski 74 of Monroe Township died Thursday April 27th at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick.

Born in New Brunswick, Mr. Sikorski was a lifelong resident of the Jamesburg - Monroe Township area. He was the owner of the Better Living Department Store, Jamesburg where began working at the family business at the age of 14. Mr. Sikorski was a member of the 1-102d ARMOR NJARNG and Army Reserve during the Vietnam War. He attained the rank of Sergeant.

He was a Past Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2180, Jamesburg, a member of the St. James Knights of Columbus and was a parishioner of St. James RC Church, Jamesburg. He was an NRA member and an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and shooting sports. He was a member of the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club.

He is survived by his loving wife Irene, his two sons Kenneth and his wife Vicki of Robbinsville and John and his wife Debra of Millstone, his daughter Donna Sikorski of Galloway Township, NJ, his two brothers Thomas of Tinton Falls, NJ and James of Fernandina Beach, FL, his two sisters Alice Sikorski of Monroe Township and Jean Douglas of Sinking Springs, PA and his five grandchildren John, Connor, Kenneth, Austin and Travis.

Eugene "Bink" Romanick, Jr., 69, of the Clearview Lake section of Hampton Township, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon Township.

Born in Paterson, Gene was a longtime resident of Sussex County. His education was extensive. He received his Masters from William Paterson University, graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1983, graduated from the US Naval War College in 1985, and graduated from the Air University Graduate School in 1997. A Retired Lieutenant Colonel with the Army National Guard, Gene served in three Branches of the Army during his career: Infantry, Armor and Cavalry. He began his career as a tank mechanic with 3-104 Cavalry, then served the S3(Air), 3-113 Infantry, the S1, 3-113 Infantry, was Commander of Headquarters Company, 3-113 Infantry, Executive Officer with 5-102d Armor, and was a Budget Officer and United States Property and Fiscal Officer.

Gene was a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he was a Deputy National Director of Human Relations, a District Staff Officer -1st CG District – Human Relations, a Flotilla Commander, an AIDS Verifier, a Public Education Instructor, a Vessel Examiner and was a Qualified Boat Crew member. Other memberships included the Essex Troop Association, 5th 102nd Iron Horsemen Association, and the USABOT (USA Brotherhood of Tankers), where he served as Vice President / National Executive Officer, as well as Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer. He was also a volunteer coordinator for the Sussex County Sheriff's office from 2005 to 2006, a Forest Fire Warden, a member of Masonic Harmony Lodge No. 8, and a former Newton fireman.

His most cherished awards included the Order of St. Maurice, awarded by the United States Army Infantry Association; the Order of St. George, Bronze Medallion, awarded by the United States Armor Association of the US Army; the Order of St. George, Silver Medallion, of the United States Armor and Cavalry Association, presented by USABOT; the Army Commendation Medal; and the Meritorious Service Medal.

The son of the late Eugene Romanick, Sr., and Catherine (nee Hughes) Romanick, Gene is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna (nee Riker) Romanick; three daughters, Jennifer Adamec of Somerville, Melissa Morales of New Milford, and Rebecca Traylor of Unity, Maine; as well as three grandchildren, Allison, Daniella and Cassidy.



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