CBS2’s Meg Baker was in Bayonne together with his household and native leaders.
A bronze statue of 2nd Lt. Stephen R. Gregg was unveiled Thursday within the park that bears his title. Native leaders name it an emblem of hope and braveness.
“They may lookup at this sculpture of the good Stephen R. Gregg standing tall, searching on Kennedy Boulevard, defending his park as he did our nation in World Battle II,” mentioned Hudson County Commissioner Kenneth Kopacz.
The Polish immigrant and Bayonne native acquired the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with cluster, the Purple Coronary heart with cluster, the Fight Infantry Badge and the French Croix de Guerre amongst his many honors throughout service in North Africa, Italy and France. He was additionally awarded France’s highest navy honor – the Legion of Honor.
Lt. Gregg handed away in 2005. His son Stephen Jr. says his father was a humble man.
“So who was my father? An extraordinary man who did one thing stupendous,” Stephen Gregg, Jr. mentioned.
Lt. Gregg is credited for saving the lives of seven males.
“They have been diverted to Montélimar as a result of the German forces have been getting into France, and the thirty sixth division was moved in an try to cease them,” his son mentioned.
He offered cowl with the gun portrayed on the statue for a medic evacuating wounded males. Gregg was briefly captured by German troopers, however escaped and returned to battle, performing extra heroics.
The sculptor says he hopes his creation evokes others to reside selflessly.
“Stephen Gregg as soon as mentioned we’re simply extraordinary males who didn’t exit to earn this. It was simply the spirit of the second that referred to as upon you to do issues,” mentioned sculptor J. Brett Grill.
Irrespective of the results, the statue of Gregg exhibits his eyes on the horizon, trying ahead to a greater future.
Native leaders mentioned it was essential to fee the paintings to inform wealthy tales of our nation’s previous.
Gregg met his spouse after coming dwelling from the conflict; Bayonne threw a parade only for him. She noticed him and mentioned, “That’s the man I’m going to marry.”
CBS2’s Meg Baker contributed to this report.