SAYREVILLE – Sayreville VFW Memorial Post 4699 has named its co-grand marshal for this year’s Memorial Day parade.
Peter Caruso comes from a family of U.S. Army veterans, and at an early age aspired to follow in their footsteps, according to information provided by the VFW. Upon graduation from Seton Hall University, he was commissioned to second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. He then attended Armor Officer Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Next, he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he was platoon leader of a cavalry platoon.
Soon after Fort Hood, Caruso was ordered to South Korea as executive officer of Headquarter Company, Eight Army Support Command, according to the statement. He eventually became commanding officer of the unit.
Having completed his active duty requirement, Caruso was assigned to a reserve unit as assistant operation officer and completed his required reserve time as a first lieutenant.
Returning to civilian life, Caruso resumed his career in education and taught elementary and middle school grades in the Elizabeth Public School System. He later attained the position of learning disabilities teacher-consultant and supervisor of special education before retiring in 1994, according to the statement.
He went on to accept a position in the private sector as a director of child study teams.
Caruso has been very active at St. Bernadette in the Parlin section of Sayreville, where he has served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and a catechist, according to the statement.
The parade will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, beginning at Elizabeth Street and traveling along Washington Road to Main Street, ending at Boro Hall.