Barnegat Township Receives World War I Service Flag 

Oct 17, 2018

Ocean County’s year-long commemoration of the World War I centennial stopped off in Barnegat Township with county historian Tim Hart presenting officials with a service flag at the Oct. 2 township committee meeting.  

Hart said more than 2,400 Ocean County residents served in the war.

“And that’s coming from a population of about 20,000, so that is quite remarkable,” he said. “It was difficult to come up with the numbers, as we researched draft records and newspapers.”

Hart said Barnegat soldiers numbered 65.

“At that time, the town was known as Union Township, and didn’t become Barnegat Township until 1976,” he said.

In Southern Ocean County, Tuckerton had the most World War I participants, with 126.

Hart said county freeholders sponsored a project where service flags were made for all 28 communities that existed in the county at the time of the war. The Seaport Stitchers Guild of Tuckerton donated members’ time to create the flags, which contain 13 stars representing the original colonies as well as numbers indicating the total individuals from the communities who served in the war and those who made the supreme sacrifice.

“All through the year, we have been making presentations in the towns,” he said.

“To those families and relatives, we certainly salute you and thank you for their dedication and service,” said Mayor Frank Caputo. E.E.

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