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Green Island Community Honors Fallen Hero

Plaque dedicated in tribute to Army Sgt. James Harvey

One of Toms River's fallen heroes will be honored in perpetuity with a plaque at the Green Island Community Association.

A dedication ceremony was held Saturday for the plaque that pays tribute to , who was in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan.  

Harvey, 23, was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan, where he had been deployed in January after joining the Army in January 2009.

The ceremony’s introduction was given by Wayne Zakaras, president of the Green Island Community Association followed by a word of remembrance by Vice President Jeff Coley. Councilwoman Maria Maruca, Councilman George Wittman, Mayor Thomas Kelaher and Congressman Jon Runyan gave comments throughout the day.

 “It is very dear to me that we honor these fallen soldiers,” said Coley. “I worked for the Veterans Administration for 35 years; these active duty soldiers and the veterans are a certain breed of Americans.”

Marge Frantz sang "God Bless America," and the Honor Guard performed the traditional gun salute.

A former Clark resident, Harvey studied at Lincoln Tech before working for PSE&G. But he felt the pull of the Armed Forces.

"It was something he felt he had to do," said his sister Tracey.

Harvey was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was a model soldier and moved through the ranks quickly, ascending to corporal in just two years. 

Harvey had received his sergeant's stripes just days before he fell to insurgent fire in Ghazni.

Sean Conneamhe September 19, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Pray for Peace.
pat September 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM
My heart goes out to the family of this young man. Let us ALL pray for Peace.

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