Three Centenarian Veterans Honored by Surrogate

Posted on November 8, 2019

On Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, Somerset County Surrogate Frank G. Bruno will honor three local WWII veterans. One gentleman is 101 years old and the other two are 102.

He will be taking them to Toscanas Restaurant on Route 28 in Bridgewater for a first-class lunch.  “I believe saying thank you is important, but I want to share a meal with them since all of them are widowers,” Bruno said.  “We are losing our WWII veterans due to age. I hope that other veterans, especially those who live alone, will be contacted and honored on Veterans Day for their bravery and sacrifice.”

The veterans being honored are:

  • Thomas R. (Bob) Vaucher, 102, of Bridgewater – As a WWII Airforce combat pilot, Lt. Col. Vaucher  flew nearly 40 different aircraft types for a total of 117 combat, patrol and bombing missions. He was the first to test the B9 aircraft at 38,000 feet. He also led a flyover of 526 bombers during the signing of the surrender of Japan to Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
  • Louis J. Moretti, 102, of Somerville – A U.S. Army veteran, he met Gen. George Patton while serving in Italy.
  • George McNicol, 101, of Bridgewater – He was part of the U.S. Navy rescue mission for George H.W. Bush, who went on to serve as U.S. president.

After speaking with these veterans, Bruno said he was impressed by their upbeat and positive attitudes. “These living heroes symbolize and represent those who were lost in foreign lands and those who never returned to their parents, spouses and loved ones,” he said. “They served when freedom was in the balance, so words can only go so far to express our gratitude for their service to our country.”

Source: Somerset County Office of Public Info

 

Bruno is a member of the Sgt. John Basilone Parade Committee; Moretti and Vaucher have served as parade grand marshals.

 

“Somerset County is proud of all its veterans who served in our armed forces during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said. “On Veterans Day, let us all remember those who made the supreme sacrifice.”