North Brunswick honored United States Marine Corps veteran Richard De La Cruz by dedicating Victory Avenue as De La Cruz Way on Monday, June 12.
Richard was born in Peru on October 13, 1982 and lived there for the first five years of his life.
He received his service training in the Infantry Machinegunner Section Leader and Machinegun Expert Marksman. Richard served the military from November 2000 through November 2008.
He served in armed conflict in Operation Enduring Freedom in response to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, Operation Iraqi Freedom combat in March 2003 and Operation Rapid Guardian Kosovo.
Richard’s achievements include Combat Action Ribbon Presidential Unit Citation, Kosovo NATO medal, Kosovo Campaign medal Selective Marine Corps Reserve medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal and Iraqi campaign medal.
Richard obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource, along with Training and Development from Seton Hall University.
He proudly serves the Department of Public Safety for fourteen years, the last six as a detective and has found great reward serving the residents of North Brunswick.
We thank and honor Richard De La Cruz for his service to our country and community!
For more information on the North Brunswick Veteran Street Sign Program, please visit https://northbrunswicknj.gov/programs_and_service/veteran-street-sign-program-information/.