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The Wall Unit today has names from every war since Hackensack High School started in 1896, starting with the Spanish American War. There are 4 names under the Spanish American War, 55 names under World War I, 1187 names under World War II, and 9 names under women of World War II, 49 names under the Korean War, 63 names under the Vietnam War, 45 names under Between Major Conflicts, 3 names under Desert Storm, and 6 names under Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, making the total number of names 1,421.

Thanks to Robert for sharing this information.

Long Ago:
Kudos to all those who made the Veterans Wall Unit possible.  It is a fitting tribute to the heroes from Hackensack who may otherwise have been forgotten with the passage of time.

With Veteran’s Day just a few weeks away, I recently took another look at the Wall Unit.  I see that among Vietnam vets, the number of names has now risen from 63 to 278, assuming I’ve counted correctly.  But a large percentage of these names are from a single graduating class (1964), and I was surprised to find that I recognize only two of the names on the entire memorial.  This suggests to me that there are probably quite a few names still missing.  I hope HHS continues to publicize the Wall Unit so that all of our veterans are able to be honored for their service to our country.

        Are you a war veteran? Have family members that served in the military? Hackensack High School has a web site listing veterans from all wars from Hackensack or ties to Hackensack. From the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Destert Storm-Gulf War, and Afghan-Iraq Wars.  Please visit the web site and look for family or friends that served in those wars and have biographies and photos. Many of those killed in action have extensive biographies. Many of the veterans listed graduated from HHS. Know of someone not listed? Information can be sent to the admin of the site and then added. Need a photo posted? Have stories of yourself, family members or friends?

Go to the HHS website, scroll down to ENTER VETERANS WEBSITE, click on HOW IT BEGAN to learn how this project was born. Enjoy!

Sent to me for posting by Bob Meli:

It is a story of Thomas Cameron 1937 HHS graduate who had joined the service before the war and was stationed in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on December 7, 1941.  The tanker Neosho which he was serving moored on Battleship row navigated out of the Harbor during the attack.  He subsequently died during the battle of the Coral sea which story is told here.  The ship protecting the Neosho during the Coral Sea battle was also sunk was the Destroyer Simms which a Alfred Sanzari who lived in Maywood and had a street named after him in Maywood. he is a cousin of the Builder from Hackensack.  More details are explained in the material I will send on both veterans the introduction explains most and the article in the paper at the time tells of Neosho at Pearl Harbor.  If you google Neosho ship it shows location ect. during the attack interesting story.



The articles which appeared in The Record in June 1942, which are linked below mentions the fate of the little known story of the tanker Neosho and the destroyer Sims, which was called upon to protect the tanker.
Two Hackensack sailors crossing paths in one of the greatest Naval battles in history. Maybe they knew the other was there, maybe not, but one thing is for certain the heroism and tragedy of war is revealed in the pages that follow.
Thomas H. Cameron was stationed aboard the tanker Neosho, Alfred A. Sanzari was stationed aboard the destroyer Sims when they were engaged in a battle with the Japanese.

The Neosho had a crew of 293 men of which 182 were either killed in action or perished at sea, and 111 survived.

The destroyer Sims had a crew of 252 men of which 239 were killed in action defending the tanker and only 13 survived. All told on the two ships 545 men serving 124 survived, while 421 men perished.

Thomas H. Cameron Gunner's Mate Third Class, died while drifting at sea on a group of life rafts with 68 other men.

They had abandoned the Neosho on May 7, 1942 and were not found until May 16, 1942 with only four survivors. Two of these men died shortly after rescue and were buried at sea.
Alfred A. Sanzari was Killed in Action while on board the Destroyer Sims defending the Neosho.

Written by:
Bob Meli
August 5, 2006             


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