Hillsdale’s George DeRosa honors Bergen County – Pascack Press & Northern Valley Press
PASCACK VALLEY AREA, NJ – Kudos to George M. DeRosa, current New Jersey Fifth District Hero, former American Legion Submit Station 162 commander – and present recruiting dynamo – and Hillsdale space champion.
To his lengthy record of accomplishments, he provides the Bergen County Veteran of the Week for the week of January 13, 2021.
Bergen County Commissioner Steve Tanelli took apparent pleasure in saying DeRosa’s honor, first explaining that the Bergen County Veteran of the Week is a collaborative mission with the Veterans Companies Division of the Bergen County to gather, protect and make accessible the private accounts of American veterans for future generations.
DeRosa is on a rising record of recipients, alongside Bergen County Director of Veterans Companies, Ariel “AJ” Luna of Truthful Garden, Joseph “Mighty Joe” Maugeri of River Edge, Dionisio Cucuta Jr. of Englewood and the late Vito Trause of Carlstadt / Washington Township.
Tanelli famous that DeRosa grew up in Astoria, Queens. He attended William Cullen Bryant Excessive Faculty, graduating in 1950. Shortly thereafter, DeRosa enlisted in the USA Navy throughout the Korean Warfare.
Right here, extra particulars on Tanelli’s writing on the winner:
DeRosa accomplished fundamental coaching at the USA Naval Coaching Middle in Bainbridge, Maryland. After fundamental coaching, he was assigned to USS Atka (AGB-3), a US Navy icebreaker.
As a storekeeper on the USS Atka, DeRosa’s duties included buying and supplying meals, emergency gear, and unhealthy climate clothes.
The primary accountability of the USS Atka was to offer icebreaking and escort providers to help the annual resupply of distant bases within the northern Arctic, such because the set up of Strategic Air Command in Thule, Greenland. Within the early Nineteen Fifties, Thule was used periodically as a dispersal base for the B-36 Peacemaker and B-47 Stratojet missions.
Throughout DeRosa’s summer season deployment to the Arctic, the USS Atka encountered fields of ice 8 to 10 ft thick. The USS Atka would break by means of the ice fields and provide ships must observe within the ship’s wake or threat changing into trapped within the ice.
All through the day, they might encounter common temperatures of 25 levels under zero and 50 levels under zero at night time.
After his stint on the USS Atka, Mr. DeRosa served on the USS San Pablo (AGS-30) and USS Nice Sitkin (AE-17). By the point DeRosa was launched in 1955 as a Petty Officer First Class, he had traveled the world and visited Greenland, Canada, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, England, Germany and Sweden.
The Navy slogan when Mr. DeRosa joined him was “Be part of the Navy and Uncover the World”. He actually noticed his fair proportion.
After his navy service, DeRosa used his GI Invoice to attend St. John’s College. After graduating from faculty, he started a 37-year profession with the New York Life Insurance coverage Firm. Initially he labored in gross sales and gross sales administration, however on the finish of his profession he was the director of company compliance.
Throughout his time with the New York Life Insurance coverage Firm, DeRosa moved to Hillsdale, New Jersey together with his spouse Joan. Over time he has volunteered in his neighborhood. He was a member of the native college board and was concerned with the Hillsdale Historic Society, the Meals on Wheels, the ESL program and with the American Legion, Submit 162 in Hillsdale.
As a member of the American Legion for 35 years, he served because the Grand Submit Marshal and the Submit Commander.
He additionally gained the celebrated Legionnaire of the Yr award for his management and efforts in continuously recruiting new members for place 162.
Most just lately, DeRosa was honored by Congressman Josh Gottheimer because the Hero of New Jersey’s Fifth District for his neighborhood service.
He has resided in Hillsdale together with his spouse for 61 years. They’ve a son, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
– Steve Tanelli, Bergen County Commissioner
On Fb, the honour drew applause from a few of DeRosa’s many followers. A pattern:
- Gerry Brown wrote: “I’m very happy with you George, my brother, my good friend.”
- Raymond Kohan shared: “A Kohan Atta-boy to pop!”
- Gemma Baffa wrote: “Congratulations, George, so properly deserved. Thanks to your service!”
- Lorrie Schneider shared for herself and Chris: “George, congratulations and thanks to your service again then and to your continued service!”
- And Edith Tortora Micale mentioned: “So happy with you. A well-deserved recognition.
For her half, DeRosa wrote, “Thanks all.
Normal Leonard E. Wooden Submit 162 in Hillsdale is the publish for residents of Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake and Outdated Tappan. Energetic members embody veterans from the Nice Pascack Valley, northern New Jersey, and out of state. Go to americanlegionpost162.org.
The Veterans Companies Division was established in 1977 to offer resident veterans and their dependents with data and help in acquiring vested pursuits from federal, state and native governments, in addition to these accessible within the non-public sector.