Belleville Sons Honor Roll

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

Belleville, New Jersey

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.

Let us in Belleville forget none of the

117 who died in World War II,

the 21 who died in World War I,

the five who died in the Korean War era,

the 11 who died in Vietnam,

the three who died in the Civil War,

or the men who died in service during peace time.

American Revolution

War of 1812

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Peacetime Casualties

Belleville Honoring Two Soldiers Killed in Action

Henry Benson Way, Belleville, N.J.

Street naming Main and Rutgers in Honor of Captain Henry Benson who died of his wounds on the battlefield in the Civil War and Florence Street in honor of Frank A. Cancelliere who was KIA in Vietnam.

10 a.m., Saturday, September 10, 2016

Belleville Dutch Reformed Church, 171 Main St., Belleville, New Jersey 07109

10 a.m. In honor of Capt. Henry Benson KIA Civil War; Belleville Dutch Reformed Church, 171 Main St. at Rutgers St., Belleville, New Jersey 07109

11 a.m. In honor of Corp. Frank A. Cancelliere KIA in Vietnam; Florence Street.

After the street naming ceremonies, family and friends are invited for refreshments at Belleville Nutley DAV Chapter 22, 612 Mill Street, Belleville, N.J.

Frank A. Cancelliere Way, Belleville, N.J.

Subject to change. For more information

Please join us as we dedicate Donald S. Murray Way to honor CW3 Donald S. Murray who was killed in a mid-air helicopter crash April 14, 1996, during live Hellfire Missile drill on McGregor Range at Ft. Bliss, New Mexico. Moore Place, Belleville.

11 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016

For more information

A 'way' to honor Belleville wartime heroes

In June 2016, Belleville Township Council this month passed a resolution to dedicate certain streets in town to servicemen who hailed from the municipality.

Colonel added to roster of buried soldiers in Belleville

The Belleville Historical Society added a 68th Revolutionary War soldier to the long roster of 1776 patriots interred at the old Belleville Dutch Reformed Church.

Glenn Nelson Way, Belleville, N.J.

Belleville Honors Five Soldiers

Killed in Action During WWII

New signs were dedicated at a ceremony May 28, 2016, naming the following streets:

Arthur Burke Way at Washington Avenue and Greylock Parkway.

Richard Hayes Way at Washington Avenue and Little Street.

Glenn Nelson Way at Washington Avenue and Division Avenue.

Albert E. Pole Way at Washington Ave and Joralemon Street.

John Verian Way at Washington Avenue at William Street.

 Albert E Pole Way, Belleville, N.J.

Belleville to Rename Street for Fallen Vietnam War Hero

The township of Belleville, N.J., honored John Hoar by renaming Cleveland Street at Dow Street as Pfc. John Hoar Way. Hoar was 20 years old when he was killed in action in Vietnam on Feb. 13, 1966. The public is invited to attend this ceremony to remember our Belleville son at noon on Saturday, February 13, 2015.

In September 2015, High Street at Van Houten Place was named in honor of Donald Saunders who was killed in Vietnam May 12, 1969.

In 2006, seven street names in the new residential development at Essex Park on Franklin Avenue were renamed to honor veterans and four of the Belleville heroes who died while in service. Streets were named for Raymond De Luca, Carmine Olivo, Clatie Cunningham Jr. and William Hamilton.

High Street renamed for Donald Saunders

Belleville street named for John Hoar

Dow Street designated John M. Hoar Way

Tiona Street designation for Roger Crowell

Belleville renames streets for De Luca, Olivo, Cunningham, Hamilton

The township continues to add street signs in honor of our fallen sons. For more information about this dedication ceremony, email Thomas Grolimond, chairman of the Recreation and Cultural Affairs Advisory Council at

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 collects 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

Available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon.

Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War - A Brief History by Anthony BuccinoBelleville 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.


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 street named for soldier

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

Belleville street honors former resident, war hero Donald Saunders

Nutley-Belleville DAV Building Ground Breaking

Belleville Sons Names Added To Union Avenue Memorial

Essex Park Streets Renamed for Belleville 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

2006 Memorial Day

George Sbarra - Remembrance

2008 Fourth of July

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