Cadets alumni honored for their military service

Hall of Honored Veterans grows by three at June 29 show

The Cadets honored three veterans as part of the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans on June 29 at the Drum Corps – An American Tradition show at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. The inaugural program celebrates Cadets throughout the corps’ history that wore Maroon and Gold, and also honorably served in our country’s Armed Forces. 

Recognized Tuesday were brothers Frank and Edward Patrisso, founding members of The Cadets who, along with their brother Nick, left the ranks of the drum corps to join the US Navy in the early 1940s. Also honored posthumously was Greg Zwarycz, a Vietnam veteran who was the recipient of a Purple Heart and The Distinguished Flying Cross, among many other accolades.  null

Frank and Edward Patrisso

Frank Patrisso of Montville, N.J., was a fife and bugler and a charter member of the Holy Name Cadets from 1934 to 1941. Frank entered the US Navy in September 1942 and attended basic training at Great Lakes, Ill. He toured on the Liberty Supply Ship in the Atlantic Ocean was discharged in December 1945.


nullEdward Patrisso lives in Denville, N.J., and was a bugler and charter member of the Holy Name Cadets from 1934 to 1941. He entered the US Navy in November 1942 and trained at Manhattan Beach Station at Amagansette.  Edward toured the Philippines on the Battleship USS Iowa.  He was discharged in December 1945.  Rank of Radio Man, second class. 

Both Frank and Edward join their brother Nick who was honored by the Cadets on June 18 in Allentown. Their amazing story and family legacy was chronicled in the local Garfield, N.J. paper upon their departure for basic training.  

Due to health concerns, both Edward and Frank are unable to travel to the show in Ewing. Accepting their awards on Tuesday was Garfield Cadet Alumnus David Shaw. 

Greg Zwarycz

Greg Zwarycz went to Vietnam as a warrant officer for his first tour of duty in 1966. He was a helicopter pilot assigned to the 1st Cav, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion. One of their major campaigns was the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (of We Were Soldiers fame). In the summer of 1967 Zwarycz  was wounded in combat and was sent stateside for medical assistance. He than returned to active duty at Hunter Army Airfield. 

Zwarycz received the Purple Heart, The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He served another tour in Vietnam in the early 1970s. Prior to his discharge, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant and was promoted to captain before leaving the service. In 1991, Zwarycz passed away in a veteran’s hospital in New York City. 

Zwarycz’s plaque noting his recognition in the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans will be forwarded to his surviving family members. 

Through this recognition program, a number of Cadets will be honored annually as part of the Veteran’s Hall.  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 three Drum Corps – An American Tradition events:  

July 6 – Chambersburg, Pa.
Aug. 5 – West Chester, Pa.
Aug. 8 – Clifton, N.J. 

For more information on the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans, please contact Committee Liaison Eric Santo at

Top photo, Cadet Alumni Dave Shaw, right, accepts the Pitrisso brother's award on Tuesday night from Eric Santo, committee liaison for the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans. Below, the news clipping from the local Garfield, N.J., newspaper that tells the Patrisso story.


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