Police officer holds fundraiser to build statue honoring World War II vet

Posted: Updated:
WALL TOWNSHIP -

A Wall Township police officer is trying to raise funds to erect a statue of a World War II veteran from New Jersey.

Harry Rockafeller was a major general who served directly under General George S. Patton during the war.

Rockafeller lived in Wall Township and befriended Officer Michael Malone. Malone says that he now wants to raise $130,000 and to have a statue of Rockafeller erected outside of the Wall Police Headquarters.

“We have to remember the greatest generation and unfortunately we're at a point where…the greatest generation is passing away,” Malone says.

Rockafeller was 100 years old when he died. During his career he was recommended three times for the Distinguished Service Cross Medal. He also received three Silver Stars, as well as a Purple Heart.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome baby boy

    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome baby boy

    It's the third child for Kate and Prince William, and he's fifth in line to the British throne.

    It's the third child for Kate and Prince William, and he's fifth in line to the British throne.

  • Guide: National park sites in the tristate area

    Guide: National park sites in the tristate area

    Statue of LibertyStatue of Liberty

    A guide to the national park sites and trails on Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley.

    A guide to the national park sites and trails on Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley.

  • 2018 Summer Stadium Tours

    2018 Summer Stadium Tours

    Here are the artists who will be performing at tri-state stadiums this summer.

    Here are the artists who will be performing at tri-state stadiums this summer.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."