Announcing the 2010 Class of the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans

New online page pays tribute to alumni who served their country

The Cadets are honored to announce the 2010 Class of the Hall of Honored Veterans, unveiling a new Web page that pays tribute to alumni who wore not only Maroon and Gold, but also the uniforms of our United States Armed Forces. 

The program launched this summer recognized 13 Cadets from the corps’ glorious 76-year history. They were honored at The Cadets hosted Drum Corps – An American Tradition shows held at five locations during the summer season. The corps sought recommendation letters beginning in June after the inaugural year for the Hall was announced in conjunction with Armed Forces Day. 

“We are thrilled to bring recognition to those special Cadets that have made a difference in the world,” said George Hopkins, director of The Cadets and CEO of Youth Education in the Arts. “Military service is clearly a huge challenge and commitment and it’s important to bring attention to all who have offered support to our country!” 

(Includes Biographies and Photos)

The 2010 Class of the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans: 

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. (Brother of Frank and Edward Patrisso) 

John Gangale of Midland Park, 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 Patterson University. Gangale currently serves as an education mentor at Montclair State University. 

Edward Patrisso of Denville, N.J.

Edward Patrisso 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. (Brother of Nick and Frank Patrisso) 

Frank Patrisso of Montville, N.J.

Frank Patrisso was a fife and bugler and a charter member of the Holy Name Cadets from 1934 to 1941. Frank entered 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. (Brother of Nick and Edward Patrisso)  

Greg Zwarycz

Greg Zwarycz marched in the Garfield Cadets in the early 1960s. A Warrant Officer, Zwarycz went to Vietnam 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 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, this honoree was commissioned as a first lieutenant and was promoted to captain before leaving the service. In 1991, Zwarycz passed away in a VA hospital in New York City. 

George Staudinger of Lincoln Park, N.J.

George Staudinger played snare drum in the Holy Name Cadets from 1934 to 1941. He entered the US Army in December 1942 and trained in Fort Dix and Fort Jackson, S.C.  When at Fort Jackson, he contracted Spinal Meningitis and became paralyzed from the waist down but was given spinal taps and was miraculously healed. 

Staudinger was transferred to Fort Bragg and assigned to the 1st Army 90 Chemical Division, in Belgium, serving 11 months of combat, including the Battle of the Bulge.  Towards the end of the war, he was transferred to 3rd Army Command by General George Patton and discharged in April 1946 at rank of Sergeant.  Upon returning home to Garfield, N.J., he was reunited with family and friends and rejoined Holy Name Cadets Senior Corps. 

Capt. Raymond J. Scott Jr. of Hampstead, N.C.

Raymond Scott Jr. marched in the Cadets of Bergen County from 1992 until 1995, the same year he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. After receiving his commission in 2001, he graduated pilot training and became a pilot of the F/A-18, the C-12s and is presenting a MV-22 pilot stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C.  

In his recommendation to the hall, Scott is said to personify the “whole Marine” concept – tremendous professionalism and command presence, an outstanding Marine aviator, Marine musician, exemplary fitness and model husband and father.  

Maj. Michael Margolis of Alexandria, Va.

Michael Margolis marched with the Cadets of Bergen County in 1994 as a soprano player.  Following his drum corps career, he moved on to enlist in the United States Marine Reserves.  Upon graduation from college, he continued in his military career to become a commissioned officer and is currently assigned to the Pentagon where he directs implementation of strategic policy concerning aviation supply and maintenance. 

Highlights of Margolis’ career include multiple deployments to Iraq, service aboard various naval ships, sea service deployment, numerous conferences and working groups, and a spectrum of military career level and specialty schools.  He is a recipient of the Bronze Star for his actions in the Middle East. He has served across the globe in places as far away as Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia and was hand selected to serve as a staff officer as General’s Aide for General Robert E. Schmidle.  

Eugene Clayton of Bedford, N.Y. 

Eugene Clayton was a horn player in the Holy Name Cadets from 1946 to 1952. He spent four years in the ROTC program at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in June 1958.   He went on active duty for six months in April 1959, spent three months in Ft. Belvoir, Va., officers training course, and then the last 3 months at Ft. Dix, NJ as a platoon leader in the 86th Construction Engineers Battalion. He spent the remainder of his eight year commitment in the inactive Reserves.  

Doug Tenis of Fair Lawn, N.J.

Doug Tenis marched in Garfield Cadets hornline from 1958 to 1968. He enlisted in the US Army in 1963 and attended Basic Training at Fort Dix. His military career took him into Army Intelligence as an E5 and was discharged from the service in 1966.

He is the Commander American Legion Post 199 in Hawthorne, N.J., organizes the runs the Hawthorne Memorial Day Parade, is the Business Manager for the Caballeros Alumni Corps, a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame and Associate Member World Hall of Fame. 

Robert J. Varga 

Robert J. Varga was one of the Garfield Cadets original Contra Bass players, marching in the corps from 1959 to 1966.  He joined the US Navy in 1966 where he served until 1970 as a Navy corpsman. According to his recommendation for this honor… 

“Likely a quality honed as a member of the Holy Name Cadets, painstaking care was requisite as he tended to the servicemen on the U.S.S. Casa Grande.  It takes determination to march with a contrabass to four world championships and this man was living proof.  He never heard the word, "no."  There was always a way to achieve success.  Tasked with ferrying supplies and personnel en route to Viet Nam, the crew of the Casa Grande was ever graced with this honoree’s concern for his shipmates' injuries and illnesses.  He was never afraid to take chances as he proved later in life by serving his community as a firefighter for many years.

Robert Philhower of, Ringwood, N.J.

Robert Philhower was a long-time friend of honoree Robert J. Varga. He was a Garfield Cadet performing in the corps’ brass section from 1962 to 1965. He then served in the US Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970 as a machine gunner in the Vietnam War.

Harold France of Tappan, N.Y.

Harold France grew up on Marsellus Place, just a block from the Holy Name Church in Garfield where he became a baritone player for the Holy Name Cadets at the age of 12. He remained in the corps until he turned 18 when he joined the US Marine Corps. Immediately following training he shipped out the South Pacific, serving in Artillery Defense. He was sent to Guam in June 1944 where he participated in the D-Day landing and then later shipped to Guadalcanal. In 1945, this honoree made landing in Okinawa and participated in the clean up operations after the Japanese surrender.

Upon his return to the US, France completed his bachelor’s degree in music education by 1950 and then returned to the US Marine Corps for boot camp training as an officer’s candidate in the field of communications. In 1952, he went to reserve status and continued his education, obtaining two masters and a doctorate degree. He became a principal of Memorial Schools in Maywood, N.J., and in 1965 a Superintendent. Then in 1971 he was named superintendent of Englewood Cliffs Schools and in 1986 he was appointed as Fort Lee Public Schools Superintendent.

Special Thanks; Looking Ahead

The Cadets would like to thank the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans Committee; a group of alumni, nearly all of which served in our nation’s military, for their dedication and help in launching this inaugural program: 

James Kennedy, Retired Colonel, U.S. Army, Cadets 1959-1961
Brian Callahan, Major, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy (enlisted 7 yrs), Cadets 1962-1963
Tim Gallagher, Specialist 4, U.S. Army 1987-1990, Cadets 1990
Joseph Roche, Active Duty, U.S. Army, Cadets 1982-1983
Eric Santo, Committee Liaison, Cadets 1977-1982 

“It’s never easy getting new initiatives under way,” said Hopkins. “But this group of gentlemen gave their time and support to ensure veterans and active duty service members were recognized for all they have given to their nation.” 

Letters of recommendation for the 2011 Class of the Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans will be accepted next spring. Stay close to The Cadets Web site for announcements.


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