Rbr monumentNavy vet Rich Ardolino of West Long Branch cuts new names into the war veteran’s monument at RBR. (Click to enlarge)  

An engraver was busy Friday adding names to a war monument on the grounds of Red Bank Regional High School in preparation for a Memorial Day ceremony Monday. 

The 65 new names are those of vets whose identities became known only after the monument was erected two years ago, says Paul Sniffen of Red Bank Veterans. 

The additions bring the total list, which covers veterans and those killed in action in World War II and later, to about 300. 

Among the names added: Army Spc. Brian Connelly of Union Beach, a 2002 RBR grad who was killed in Iraq in February. (Born Brian Blonske, he later changed his name to his mother’s maiden name.) 

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Ardolino at work, left. At right, a template bears the the name of Spc. Brian Connelly, the latest to die. (Click to enlarge)

Connelly’s family is expected to attend Monday’s ceremony, which begins at 10a.

According to Sniffen, there may be another 300 area vets and soldiers and sailors killed in action who are eligible to have their names on the monument. 

Criteria for inclusion is that vets resided, went to school or worked in Red Bank, Little Silver or Shrewsbury, the three towns that constitute the high school district.

Here are the names being added:



William Beckenstein

Domenic P. Biancamano     

Louis DeChiccio II                        

George DeLorenzo

Louis DeLorenzo              

John Galatro

William J. Galatro


Paul W. Noglows                                        

 Joseph  V. Soviero           


John Van Kirk Jr. 

James A.G. Wise Jr.     

Killed in Action:

Anthony T. Ariozzi           

Michael A. Baden

John M. Barberio             

John J. Biancamano

Joseph A. Borelli              

William E. Breslin

Walter M. Buckley           

Anthony S. Celli

Thomas W. Corbett          

Robert D.

Phillip L. DeCarlo            

Harold G. Dick

Jacques R. Eisner             

Aldo Fabrizio

Morton A. Greenblatt       

Robert K. Hailstork

John Hammell                  

Samuel T. Harvey Jr.

Gerald B. Layton              

Jesse S. Leighton Jr.

Robert S. Matthews 

Christopher B. Murphy

Phillip W. Nadeau              

Richard Nicoletti

George W. Olmstead          

Edward V.

Alfred E. Reiss                   

Walter Reynolds

Dominic Scala                     

Kenneth W. Spinning Jr.

John T. Summonte              

Walter S. Thompson Jr.

Francis J. Van Brunt           

Conrado. J. Vittoria

Wallace M. Wilson



Charles R. Bruno                

John R. Choff  

George Cuje Jr.                   

Leonard R. Cuje                   

Robert E. Laveratt              

Bernard J. Marx



Lawrence E. Brooks           

William K. Finegan

Phillip R. De Carlo Sr.        

Rafael T. De Carlo

David T. Murphy                 

Charles A. Pittius Jr.                          

Eugene Ross             




Albert M. DeChicchio Jr.            

Michael L. Giblin



Peter T. Biancamano

Leslie. J. Sullivan                       

Woodrow Sullivan                      



Killed in Action

Brian M. Connelly

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