Gerald W. “Jerry” Huff, of Whispering Pines, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II from 1943- to 1946.
“Jerry served his country honorably and faithfully,” says Michael C. Gast, post commander of Joseph G. Hension American Legion Post 12 in Carthage. “Jerry has been a member in good standing in American Legion Post 12 for the last eight years.”
Huff was born in 1928 in Newton, N.J. to Harry and Martha Huff. He spent his childhood and early adulthood in Hackettstown, N,J. where he attended and completed elementary school and secondary school in graduating from Hackettstown High School.
In the fall of 1942, Huff started college at Rider College, Trenton, N.J., pursuing a degree in business. However, with the war raging on in Europe and the Pacific, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943. After completing basic training at Paris Island, S.C., he received specialty quartermaster training specializing in aviation logistics. Huff was shipped by military vessel from San Diego to Guam where he served for one year. In Guam, he provided logistical support in Marine Corps aviation.
As the war wound down, he returned stateside by military sea transport to San Diego, Calif. Huff was then transferred briefly to Ohio, where he was discharged in 1946 with the rank of staff sergeant. Upon discharge, he returned to Rider College to complete his degree in business.
Living in Wayne, N.J., Huff had a long career in various positions in finance and accounting in and around the New York City area. His last position was with Johnson and Higgins, an insurance broker, where he served as senior vice president and corporate controller.
Huff married Maryann Smith of Kearny, N.J., in 1950. They raised a family of two children, one son (Mark) and one daughter (Karen).
In 1990, five years before retirement, the couple purchased a home in Whispering Pines. Maryann passed away in November 2010 at age 82. Gerry shares his Whispering Pines home with his daughter and son-in-law.