117th Cav Association
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
We all will meet them at Fiddler's Green
Please notify Membership Chairman SGM (Ret.) Ken Mahan of the death of
members of the Association, WWII vets who served in the 117th,
Cavalry Squadrons, or anyone who served in the post war cavalry units.
Past TAPS notices can still be found in the SPUR
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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