Belleville Sons Honor Roll

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

Belleville, New Jersey

Memorial Park, Union Avenue, Belleville, NJLet 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

Historians identify WW1 Belleville Marine

awarded Congressional Medal of Honor

APRIL 2018 -- G/Sgt. Fred W. Stockham, of 96 Dow Street, Belleville, N. J., died June 22, 1918, of wounds received in action at Belleau Wood, France.  The Medal of Honor citation reads, in part,

"During an intense enemy bombardment with high explosive and gas shells which wounded or killed many members of the company, G/Sgt. Fred Stockham, upon noticing that the gas mask of a wounded comrade was shot away, without hesitation, removed his own gas mask and insisted upon giving it to the wounded man, well knowing that the effects of the gas would be fatal to himself.... "

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. It is generally presented to its recipient by the president of the United States of America in the name of Congress.

Historian Tim Daudelin, formerly of Belleville, had written a biographical profile of Stockham without realizing the Newark fireman had lived in Belleville. Daudelin visited the memorials on Union Avenue in Belleville and spotted Stockham among those listed as the town's WWI casualties. Daudelin contacted Belleville Historical Society President Michael Perrone and historian Anthony Buccino and further researched and confirmed Stockham's local address and more of his history.

U.S. Army Pfc. Henry Svehla of Belleville was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011, for his actions June 12, 1952, during the Korean War. Coming under heavy fire and with his platoon's attack beginning to falter, Svehla leapt to his feet and charged the enemy positions, firing his weapon and throwing grenades as he advanced. Disregarding his own safety, he destroyed enemy positions and inflicted heavy casualties. When an enemy grenade landed among a group of his comrades, without hesitation and undoubtedly aware of the danger, he threw himself on the grenade, mortally wounding him.

Belleville Street Sign Memorials

Capt. Henry Benson of Belleville, NJ, Died of wounds in Civil WarBelleville 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.

See list of street sign dedication honorees.

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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Tiona Street designation for Roger Crowell

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

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

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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First Edition Cover - Belleville Sons Honor Roll - by Anthony BuccinoWe encourage families and friends of those listed here to contact us to add content or suggest changes

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Partial list of sources

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Veterans History Project

World War II Records Research

Belleville Public Library

Township of Belleville

Belleville Historical Society

Belleville Sons Honor Roll

Remembering the men who paid for our freedom

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