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Ocean City Council Honors World War II Vet, Departing Councilman

Mayor Jay Gillian wrote about council honoring John Kreider and Scott Ping in his weekly address.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian (Patch file photo)
Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian (Patch file photo)
Mayor Jay Gillian posted the following message about honoring a World War II veteran and a departing councilman in his weekly message on ocnj.us:

Dear Friends,  

Last night at the City Council meeting, City Council and I had the opportunity to recognize two special Ocean City residents.  The first was World War II veteran John “Jack” Kreider and the second was Councilman At Large, Councilman Scott Ping.   

Mr. Kreider was recognized for receiving France’s highest award – the Medal of Honor - becoming a “Chevalier” or Knight of the French Legion of Honor.  Mr. Kreider served our Country in World War II landing in Normandy, France in July 1944 as part of General Patton’s 3rd Army. 

Along with the French Medal of Honor, he has received many American and Foreign official decorations and citations including the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European, African, Middle East Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal and a citation from United States President Harry S. Truman. 

In Ocean City, Mr. Krieger is a valuable volunteer with the American Legion and the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard.  

City Council also recognized Councilman Scott Ping for eight years of service as a Councilman.  Councilman Ping began his tenure on July 1, 2006 and in his eight years of service on City Council, served as Council President, Vice-President and as a member of the Planning Board.   

I would like to thank both of these men for their respective service to our Country and our Community. 

It is people like Mr. Kreider and Councilman Ping, who through their hard work and tireless commitment to the people of this City, make me very proud to be the Mayor of Ocean City. 
   
Warm regards, 

Jay A. Gillian Mayor 

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