NOTE: The Puglisi family sacrifice is recognized by the citizens of Hackensack. Sometime in late 1942 or early 1943 this article appeared in the RECORD newspaper. I received this article from the daughter of
Below is the article rewritten for clarity:
Thomas 25 and Vincent 21, Report tomorrow;
The Puglisi family of downtown Hackensack is looking for a 4-star flag. All four boys, sons of Mrs. Josephine Puglisi of 16 East Broadway and the late Carl Puglisi, are in the Army.
PHILLIP AN ATTORNEY
First of these descendants of Sicilian immigrants, who adopted this country decades ago, to become a soldier was 23 year-old Salvatore. He enlisted for a year's service in 1940, served in the field artillery at Fort Dix for a year, and then was discharged. He was recalled two month charged. He was recalled two months ago. A radio – operator specialist he's an artillery private at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont.
Next to go was Staff Sergeant Phillip, 31, oldest of the quartet and an attorney. Drafted in June of 1941, he served at Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri, and for the past eight months has been attached to a special branch of the Second Service Command at Governors Island.
The Puglisis have lived here for upwards of 20 years. All attended Hackensack grade and high schools. Phillip was graduated from New Jersey Law School where he was a member of Wig and Mace, honorary scholastic society, and admitted to the bar in 1935.
He became a counselor in 1939. He had offices at 29 Main Street. Salvatore did radio work before he entered the Army. Thomas and Vincent both did defense work, though of a different sort. Thomas worked with Hoffman La Roche, Inc., Nutley chemical works, which makes vitamin pills and now has the Army and Navy as its biggest customers. Vincent was in a Clifton shop turning out gearsfor planes and tanks on subcontract. He was a lathe hand.
The departure of the last two boys leaves Mrs. Puglisi, who is active in Saint Francis R. C. Church and S. S. C. C. affairs, alone. Their only sister, Philomena, is a nun, member of the Religious Teachers Fillipine, order originated by
Sister Philomena entered the Villa Lucia, now the Villa Walsh, at Morristown 5 years ago, took her final vows a year later, and now teaches in St. Joseph's School Montclair.
Background image is of Main Street 1942