VFW Post 1838 to hold Memorial Day ceremony

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MANASQUAN — Manasquan Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] Post 1838 will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m. in Squan Plaza.

In addition to the ceremony in Manasquan, members of VFW Post 1838 will also attend ceremonies on Memorial Day in Belmar, Wall and Spring Lake.

John Jensen, a veteran of the Korean War, was named the honorary chairman of this year’s Memorial Day ceremony, Mayor Ed Donovan announced at the May 17 borough council meeting.

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The mayor stated that Mr. Jensen, born in 1931, was an active member of Manasquan Boy Scout Troop 59 who attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1949, graduated from Manasquan High School in 1950 and enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War in 1951.

Mr. Jensen served overseas in South Korea in the 12th Fighter Bomber Squadron, known as the Foxy Few, the mayor said.

“During John’s time in South Korea he was later assigned as a forward observer of the 45th infantry division,” Mayor Donovan said, where Mr. Jensen directed “airstrikes against enemy troops and encampments, which is a highly dangerous assignment.”

Mr. Jensen served overseas for 18 months before being evacuated to Tokyo Hospital due to pneumonia and frostbite, the mayor said, and he later returned to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Mr. Jensen, who was honorably discharged in November of 1953, was awarded the U.S. Navy Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal with three battle stars, according to Mayor Donovan.

“I hereby proclaim and distinguish recognition of John Jensen for his service to our country, ensuring freedom for all,” Mayor Donovan said, noting that the proclamation will be presented to Mr. Jensen at the Manasquan Memorial Day ceremony.