Veterans honored as part of Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans

Gangale, Patrisso thanked for their service to country


John Gangale, right, receives his plaque of honor on June 18 from Eric Santo, Hall of Honored Veterans committee liason. Below, Bob Messineo, Jr., accepts the award for Nick Patrisso who was unable to make the trip to Allentown.

The Cadets honored two veterans as part of the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans on June 18 during the Allentown, Pa., show at J. Birney Crum Stadium. null

Honored were John Gangale of Midland Park, N.J., and Nick Patrisso of Clifton, N.J.  

Patrisso marched as a snare drum player in The Cadets from its founding year in 1934 until 1941. He entered the US Navy in September 1942. He served on the Escort 316, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatre until December 1945. Patrisso was discharged at the rank of Storekeeper, 3rd Class.  When he returned home, after joyfully reuniting with family and friends, he rejoined the Holy Name Cadets Senior Corps at Legion 255 in Garfield, N.J. 

Gangale performed with the Holy Name Cadets in 1957 as a solo soprano player. He entered Army basic training in 1961 and progressed through his military career as an officer and leader until retiring in 1997 as a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserves. 

In addition to his military responsibilities, Gangale was able to earn a doctoral degree at Columbia University. He retired after 28 years as a special education teacher and school administrator from New Jersey Public Schools. He also retired as an assistant professor at William Paterson University. Gangale currently serves as an education mentor at Montclair State University. 

Through this recognition program, a number of Cadets will be honored annually as part of the Veteran’s Hall. They will be selected by a committee of Cadets alumni, nearly all of whom have served our country in the U.S. military.  

Honorees will be presented plaques of recognition at Drum Corps – An American Tradition, the Cadets-sponsored drum corps shows this summer. Veterans will be honored at the remaining four Drum Corps – An American Tradition events:  

June 29 – College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.

July 6 – Chambersburg, Pa.

Aug. 5 – West Chester, Pa.

Aug. 8 – Clifton, N.J.



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