Major General Harry Rockafeller Statue

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New Jersey WWII Hero Honored With New War Memorial

November 12, 2018 - 12:38 pm

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A new war memorial was unveiled on Veterans Day, honoring a lifelong resident of Monmouth County.

Retired Maj. Gen. Harry Rockafeller never spoke about the Battle of the Bulge, being wounded in combat or his silver and bronze stars.

The decorated WWII veteran was humble and lived a quiet life in Wall Township.

Police officer Mike Malone became a good friend of Rockafeller and promised to honor and remember the sacrifices of all WWII veterans.

Rockafeller died in 2017 at 100-years-old, and Malone began working with the Police Benevolent Association to raise $218,000 in order to erect a bronze state of the WWII hero.

Maj. Gen. Harry Rockafeller
Officer Michael Malone

“Although he wouldn't want it, he is damn proud because he has got shell casings from the battle field that he fought in, that are here in the statue. He is looking at the fourth armored division, which is in front of him in pavers. And he is looking northeast; he is looking northeast so he will always be looking at the American Military Cemeteries in France, Belgium and The Netherlands, where his boys are still laid to rest,” Malone said of the statue.

The figure depicts Rockafeller at the Battle of the Bulge and includes historical detail like mud at his feet.

Major General Harry Rockafeller Statue
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Malone and the Wall PBA vow to make sure the next generation learns of the service and sacrifices of Rockafeller and all WWII veterans.