Belleville Sons Honor Roll

 A Place of Honor and Remembrance in the Home of the Brave

Belleville, New Jersey

Let us in Belleville forget none of the 118 who died in World War II, 21 who died in World War I, 5 who died in the Korean War era, 11 who died in Vietnam, 3 who died in the Civil War, 3 who died in service during peace time, 2 who died in the American Revolution.

These young men of Belleville, New Jersey, paid with their lives to prove "freedom is not free." Our intent is to honor their sacrifice and preserve the memory of those Belleville sons who died in service to our country. Since the War Between the States, Belleville lost 160 sons in service to our nation. Three police officers and one fire captain died on duty.

American Revolution

War of 1812

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Peacetime Casualties

Belleville Street Naming In Honor
of Belleville Sons Killed In Service

 July 15, 2017

Giavanni Bocchino, Lake St., KIA WWII,

Nicholas Del Grosso, Mt. Prospect Ave. at Belleville Ave., KIA WWII,

Frank H. Metzler, Joralemon St. at Reservoir Place, KIA WWII

June 17, 2017

Carl L Mickens, Joralemon St. at Wilber St., KIA Vietnam.

Angelo Patrizio, Watchung Ave. at Cross St., KIA WWII

 July 8, 2017

Edward J. Zuczek, Gless Ave. at Meacham St., Killed in Peacetime

Raymond DeLuca, Meacham St. at Memphis Ave., KIA Vietnam

Belleville 4th of July Independence Day Ceremony

JULY 4, 2017 Dutch Reformed Church cemetery, 171 Main St, Belleville, N.J. 07109 (Main Street at Rutgers Street)

Join us as we honor the Belleville men who fought in the War of Independence and other heroic soldiers who paid for our freedom. Come share our town's rich history.

The Independence Day ceremony will honor Belleville's first troops, the more than five dozen Revolutionary War Soldiers buried at the church, one of the largest groups of 1776 patriots buried at any one site in the United States.

 Among the scores of officers and enlisted men, the cemetery is the final resting place of Capt. Josiah Hornblower, patriot leader who also served in the Continental Congress.

 Manus Brown, of the Spring Garden area of Nutley, the only known local militia man KIA, is buried in the Dutch Reformed Church cemetery.

 Joseph Hornblower, of Second River (Belleville) also KIA, is buried on the battlefield in Piscataway where he died.

 The site is located along the Washington Retreat Route, and which left behind a contingent of local militia who fought in what is now Belleville Park along Mill Street, site of the only battle fought in Essex County during the American Revolution.

 The ceremony will include the roll call of the troops, the laying of a memorial wreath, the national anthem, the firing of a 21-gun cannon salute and "Taps."

 Also buried in the cemetery is Captain Henry Benson who died Aug. 11. 1862, of his wounds following the battle of Malvern Hill, Va., on July 1.

  July 4, 2017 - Former Belleville Dutch Reformed Church cemetery at Iglesia Pentecostal La Senda Antigua, 171 Main St., at the corner of Main and Rutgers streets.

Sponsored by the Belleville Historical Society

Belleville Street Sign Memorials

Belleville Sons honored by memorial signs on the streets where they lived.

In June 2016, Belleville Township Council passed a resolution to dedicate certain streets in town to servicemen who hailed from the municipality. The goal is to honor 160 Belleville sons who died while in service within the next year.

As we add these signs, we are trying to contact relatives of the soldiers to be present at the ceremony. If you are family or know of family of these fallen soldiers, please contact us.

Read More, see who have been honored Police, fireman honored.


BELLEVILLE SONS HONOR ROLL - Remembering the men who paid for our freedom; photo by Robert Caruso, used by permission.Belleville Sons Honor Roll
Remembering the men who paid for our freedom

In the last century, Belleville lost 157 sons while in service to our country. This collection, gathered from newspaper clippings and other sources gathers what we know about these young men in an effort that their sacrifice not be forgotten.  

Belleville Sons Honor Roll includes more information on Belleville actions in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, the Civil War diary of James C. Taylor, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and peacetime casualties.

Edited by Anthony Buccino and  Andrea Buccino

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Special Ceremony, July 4, 2015

Private Harmanus Brown was the first known soldier of Nutley to give his life in service to his new country. He is buried at the Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery alongside more than five dozen local veterans of the American Revolution. The Belleville Historical Society dedicated a new monument to Private Harmanus Brown at the old Belleville Dutch Reformed Church on July 4, 2015.

Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War - a brief history  

by Anthony Buccino

A compilation documenting the participation of the New Jersey towns of Belleville and Nutley in the American Civil War. Publication includes information on six local soldiers killed in action in the War Between the States, plus information on the battle campaigns in which they gave up their lives. Also lists information on participation in various New Jersey and other state militias by local men.



Belleville streets dedicated for deceased vets

Belleville Streets Dedicated to Capt. Benson and Marine Cancelliere

Colonel added to roster of buried soldiers in Belleville

Tiona Street designation for Roger Crowell

Belleville street named for John Hoar

Dow and Cleveland Sts. designated John M. Hoar Way for Belleville man killed in Vietnam

Belleville street honors former resident, war hero Donald Saunders

A 'way' to honor Belleville wartime heroes

Honoring Joseph Fornarotto, Nutley-Bellleville D.A.V.

Essex County unveils plaque honoring DAV commander

Belleville Middle School Students' 2013 posters video

Students' 2012 posters video

Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, N.J. a video

2008 Fourth of July

Essex Park Streets Renamed for Belleville Heroes

Nutley-Belleville DAV Building Ground Breaking

2006 Memorial Day

Belleville Sons Names Added To Union Avenue Memorial

George Sbarra - Remembrance

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