TOMS RIVER – Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari and Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau, today issued a statement remembering Army Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta:
“On behalf of the entire Ocean County Board of Freeholders, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, who was killed in a Black Hawk helicopter accident at San Clemente Island in California on August 27.
A 2005 graduate of Brick Township High School, Staff Sgt. Marketta served our nation, defending our freedom and our liberty. He was assigned to the elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, better known as the ‘Night Stalkers.’
Marketta was a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and had served multiple deployments in Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He was also decorated multiple times and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Ocean County is proud of our veterans and we honor Staff Sgt. Marketta and his family for their sacrifices.
We ask all Ocean County Citizens to remember Staff Sgt. Marketta and his family in their thoughts and prayers. May God bless the United States of America.”
Ocean County Freeholder Virginia Haines did not provide comment on the incident.