141, 142. THE CLASSMATES SHOWN ON THIS PAGE ARE: John Zacco and Alan Zimmerman
141. ZACCO, John
In February 2012, John and Janet moved to their new home on Amy Court in Lakewood, NJ.
"Graduated from MPHS and went to work at the Ford Motor Company plant in Mahwah for a year. Then went to Montclair State College and graduated with a BA in Fine Arts.
Married Janet Kirk in 1967 and began teaching career in Waldwick High School. Taught there for 30 years. Coached football and basketball at the high school. Awarded "Teacher of the year" during my career.
Have two daughters (Julia [Pignatelli] and Jennifer [Pignatelli]) who married brothers. Also have five grandchildren (Samantha, Alexa, Gianna, Joey & Johnny), ranging in age from 15 down to 5 yrs old).
Retired at 54 years of age, and love every day of retirement !
I enjoy spending time with my family, and going down to our condo in South Jersey.
142. ZIMMERMAN, Alan --- died in the service of his country
In February 1967, Alan Zimmerman gave his life for our country while serving on Active Military Duty in the Vietnam conflict. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Williams Zimmerman (also MPHS Class of 1961).
1st Lieutenant Alan H. Zimmerman
----- May he forever Rest in Peace -----
(image of part of the amazing remembrance wall of the "traveling" Vietnam War Memorial ...... )
The Memorial Service Brochure:
The following information was obtained from the "Virtual Wall" website, which commemorates those American's who gave their lives in the Vietnam conflict:
ALAN H ZIMMERMAN, First Lieutenant
283RD MED DET, 498TH MED CO, 55TH MED GRP, USARV
Army of the United States
05 March 1943 - 02 February 1967
Midland Park, New Jersey
On 02 Feb 1967 the 283rd Medical Detachment, a component of the 498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), had a medevac helicopter shot down in Bien Hoa Province. The Huey, UH-1D tail number 65-12881, was hit by .51 caliber heavy machine-gun fire and went in from about 800 feet. All aboard the aircraft were killed.
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association database associates only the four 283rd Med Det crewmen with this incident:
However, two other men died under exactly the same circumstances, described as being passengers in a helicopter shot down in Bien Hoa Province on 02 Feb. Since UH-1D tail number 65-12881 is the only known helicopter loss in Bien Hoa, the conclusion is that these two men were also onboard that same aircraft:
- CPT Joe R. Fulghum, Murfreesboro, TN, pilot;
- 1LT Alan H. Zimmerman, Midland Park, NJ, copilot;
- SP4 Thomas M. Martinez, Pensacola, FL, medic; and
- PFC Philip H. Johnson, Redondo Beach, CA, crew chief.
- CPT Marion G. Runion, Radford, VA, B Co, 1st Med Bn, and
- PFC Luis G. Mora, Columbia, A Co, 3rd Bn, 39th Infantry