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World War I Veteran Julius Hausold receives a proclamation honoring him and his wartime service. The 108-year-old Hausold is the first person honored under the new Warren County Veterans Recognition Program. Presenting the proclamation are Warren County Freeholder Rick Gardner, and Warren County War Memorial Corporation representatives Leo Becker, Dennis L. Smith, and Milly Rice.

LOPATCONG TOWNSHIP [January 16, 2004] – Warren County launched its new Veterans Recognition Program by presenting World War I veteran Julius Hausold with a proclamation honoring him and his service to the nation.

Warren County Freeholder Rick Gardner and members of the Warren County War Memorial Corporation presented Hausold with the proclamation on December 30, 2003, a day before Hausold’s 108th birthday.

Hausold, who is believed to be Warren County’s oldest war veteran and sole surviving veteran of World War I, is the first person to be honored under the new recognition program approved by the freeholder board in December. The Warren County War Memorial Corp., which includes representatives from various veterans groups, is working with the County of Warren government to inform war veterans that they are eligible to receive the Warren County Distinguished Military Service medal. The medals will be presented at a ceremony this spring.

Hausold enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I and served with the 308th Field Artillery in France, where he was wounded in action. He is a member of the American Legion Carl D. Archer Post #528.

Assisting Freeholder Gardner in presenting the proclamation were War Memorial Corp. President Dennis L. Smith, Secretary Milly Rice and Trustee Leo Becker. All three also are members of the Carl D. Archer Post #528, while Becker is the Warren County Veterans Interment Officer.

The Warren County Distinguished Military Service award will be presented to honorably discharged veterans, living or dead, who were county residents when entering the service, or are county residents today. Veterans or their family members interested in applying for the medal should contact the Warren County Public Information Department at 908-475-6580, or email publicinfo@co.warren.nj.us.

HONORING WORLD WAR I VETERAN
JULIUS HAUSOLD
DECEMBER 17, 2003

WHEREAS, Julius Hausold was born on December 31, 1895 and enlisted in the United States Army during World War I, serving "over there" with the Army's 308th Field Artillery in France under General John "Black Jack" Pershing, where he was wounded in action; and

WHEREAS, Julius Hausold moved to Warren County in 1947 and has been a resident ever since; and

WHEREAS, Julius Hausold is believed to be the sole surviving World War I veteran, and the oldest veteran of any war, living in Warren County; and

WHEREAS, the County of Warren on December 17, 2003 established the "Warren County Veterans Recognition Program".

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Warren names Julius Hausold as the first veteran to be honored in the Warren County Veterans Recognition Program, as the County extends its grateful thanks and admiration to him for his service to our nation.

THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS
OF THE COUNTY OF WARREN
Wayne Dumont, Jr., Administration Building
165 County Route 519 South
Belvidere, NJ 07823

RESOLUTION

On motion by Mr. DiMaio, seconded by Mr. Gardner the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Warren at a meeting held December 17, 2003.

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE WARREN COUNTY VETERANS RECOGNITION PROGRAM

WHEREAS, veterans of the armed services of the United States of America have throughout this nation's history made a profound contribution to our safety and security; and

WHEREAS, the men and women who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines during wartime have risked their own well-being for the common good, so that we all may continue to enjoy the benefits and blessings of freedom; and

WHEREAS, residents of Warren County have answered our nation's call to serve in times of war and crisis; and

WHEREAS, the County of Warren desires to recognize the service and sacrifice of its citizens who have served during wartime.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Warren establishes the Warren County Veterans Recognition Program to award the "Warren County Distinguished Military Service" medal to deserving veterans.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Warren, in conjunction with the Warren County War Memorial Corporation, will organize the recognition program, review applications for recognition, and conduct award ceremonies.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Warren County Distinguished Military Service medal be awarded to any veteran, living or dead, who was honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Services after active duty service during one of the periods of wartime as defined by Civil Service regulations, and with said veteran having been a Warren County resident at the time he or she entered the service, or is a current Warren County resident, or, in the case of posthumous recognition, was a Warren County resident either when he or she entered the service or at the time of his or her death.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Julius Hausold of Harmony Township, as the County of Warren's sole surviving veteran of World War I, be the first person so honored in the Warren County Veterans Recognition Program.

Recorded vote: Mr. DiMaio yes, Mr. Gardner yes, Mr. Doherty yes.

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