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:
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.
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
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
Jay A. Gillian