George Staudinger of Lincoln Park, N.J.

George Staudinger played snare drum in the Holy Name Cadets from 1934 to 1941. He entered the U.S. Army in December 1942 and trained in Fort Dix and Fort Jackson, S.C. While at Fort Jackson, he contracted spinal meningitis and became paralyzed from the waist down but was given spinal taps and amazingly 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. Toward the end of the war, he was transferred to 3rd Army Command by General George Patton and discharged in April 1946 at the rank of sergeant. Upon returning home to Garfield, N.J., he was reunited with family and friends and rejoined the Holy Name Cadets Senior Corps.