yb Harry Lenzing
Hackensack High School
Yearbook Photo
“That’s me in basic training, 1952, in
Fort Knox, Ky.”


Harry F. Lenzing returned a form to us stating that he attended Hackensack High School from
1949 to1952, when he graduated. Harry F. Lenzing then joined the military and served during the
Korean War from 1952-1955 and rose to the rank of Sergeant (E-5). One interesting note was the return address had:

Professor Lenzing
Stevens Institute of Technology
Department of Physics and
Engineering Physics

Here is part of a letter sent to me (Bob Meli) on May 28, 2011, written by Harry Lenzing explaining his connection to Hackensack and his service. 

“I graduated HHS with your cousin, Sal (Salvatore Meli) in 1952.  I still see him occasionally – he and I went to the HHS graduates luncheon together last December (2010) at which time I heard your talk about the Veterans Website. I have an older sister who went to school with “The Milkman” (Tom Meli (my father) was known as the “Milkman” in High School because he would deliver milk with his dad, Ben Meli, at 4:30 A.M. in the morning before school) in 1946 or so.

I joined the Army a few weeks after we graduated in June, ’52.  Smartest thing I ever did! Technically, I am a Korean War veteran, although I spent most of the three year hitch at the Panama Canal. 

I am presently (May 28, 2011) an adjunct professor of physics at Stevens Tech in Hoboken. 

See photo above: that’s me in basic training 1952, in Fort Knox KY.”  

In this letter, Harry Lenzing brought to our attention that Joseph Rutkowski’s name is misspelled on the 1946 Hackensack High School Dedication page. We cannot correct an original document, but it is worth noting for other records to be corrected. 
Harry Lenzing also found that Millburn Coyman’s name is missing from the 1946 Hackensack High School Dedication page. I found that Millburn Coyman’s name is also missing on the Plaque at City Hall in Hackensack


We here at Hackensack thank Harry Lenzing for giving us some information about these men who are more than just letters on a plaque or wall, but men who sacrificed all so we might enjoy our freedoms. 

Let us always be grateful for their sacrifice.

Written by:
Bob Meli
July 15, 2011