In remembering Highlands residents who served in the military, the name of the late Edward A. Kwik quickly comes to mind to all who were involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6902 in the past half century.
Kwik, who died Aug. 29, 2012, at the age of 90, was a native of the borough and lived in Highlands throughout his life other than when serving in the military during World War II.
He was a founding member as well as life member and past commander of the veterans post, 6902, as well as holding several other distinctive positions at the county and state levels of the national veterans organization.
Kwik served as Past Commander of VFW #6902 the Monmouth County VFW, and also State Commander of the New Jersey State VFW, a position he held in 1970 and 1971.
Also a member of the American Legion Post 143 in Highlands, Kwik was a veteran of World War II and served aboard the USS Monrovia with the Navy in the Pacific Theater. In addition to his veteran services, Kwik was also a member of the local Rod and Gun Club, the Monmouth Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, and was active at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Bay Ave.
After the war, Kwik served as a master machinist for the government at Fort Monmouth for more than 30 years, retiring in 1978.
During her service in the Pacific theater during World War II , the Monrovia, an attack transport ship, participated in the assault on Tarawa and was the flagship of Transportation Division18, later returning the Hawaii with the casualties of the Second Marine Division and POWS. In 1945, the ship and crew sailed on their third amphibious operation, participating in the assault on Kwajalein, before once again returning the Hawaii with casualties. The Monrovia also participated in the assault on Saipan, carrying in the Second Marine Division, and later went to Guam for another seven days in an active assault area. The ship earned seven battle stars during World War II.
At the time of his death, while funeral services were private, there was a Memorial Gathering and a VFW Memorial Service for the former sailor. He was survived by his wife, Gloria, who also served the borough as a resolute municipal employee, and a son Edward.