MAYOR OWEN HENRY ANNOUNCES GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE 2014 OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Mayor Owen Henry is pleased to announce that U.S. Army Retired 1st Sergeant Frank Batsch has been named as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Old Bridge Township Memorial Day Parade.
1st Sgt. Batsch has been a teacher in Old Bridge Township since 1988 and currently teaches music at Jonas Salk Middle School.
1st Sgt. Batsch entered the U.S. Army in 1969 and trained at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, as a truck driver. He served one year in Vietnam with the 588th Combat Engineers Support Unit and served one year in Ft. Dix, NJ in an administrative position.
1st Sgt. Batsch joined the NJ Army National Guard in 1970 and served with the 104th Armored Calvary stationed in Riverdale, New Jersey for six years driving trucks. He was released from the Army in 1978.
In 1984, 1st Sgt. Batsch reenlisted in the Army National Guard and served with the 63rd Army Band in Sea Girt, New Jersey at the NJ Military Academy as a musician from 1984 through retiring in 2008
achieving the rank of 1st Sgt. E-9. He served with the NJ Army National Guard joint forces during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York where he served as a platoon leader
for the unit. Mr. Batsch worked alongside the New York first responders to the towers in a search and rescue mission eventually becoming a search and recover mission.
1st Sgt. Frank Batsch was presented the Army Commendation medal in New York at the site of the Twin Towers in 2008 for his actions as a platoon leader during the fifteen days of service.
“ Retired 1st Sgt. Frank Batsch has dedicated his life to his country not only during the Vietnam War but once again during the horrific terror attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.
It is my honor to select 1st Sgt. Frank Batsch as our 2014 Grand Marshal.”
On Monday, May 26, 2014, staging for the 2014 Memorial Day Parade will take place at Memorial Elementary School in Laurence Harbor at 9:00 a.m.
Please join with us as we pay tribute and remember all the brave soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice and thank all the young men and woman now serving in the armed forces
protecting and defending the liberties that we all enjoy today