The youngest Knight was probably Vincente Bellaran. He made over twenty voyages on board the American
Liner Finland in the early 1920 ferrying would be immigrants to Ellis Island.
I don't know if it helps much but my grandfather (passed away in 66)
is third from the right in the second row (Vincente Bellaran). What
information are you seeking - I'll see if I can help. Most of his
children are still alive - they may know something.
Raymond M. Bellaran Jr.
Born in the dawn of the 1900 to Carmen Bellaran in Manila he was listed as Ship’s Oiler, 5ft 6 inch 140 lbs on the ship
crew’s list. His family settled in the Union Beach area where he raised his three sons, Vincent, Frank, and
Raymond. His daughters were Jone, Arlene and Mary Jane. It was only fitting that one of his grandson went on to
carryon the Vincente Bellaran name. Vincente Bellaran II is the same Sergeant Vincente Bellaran of the
NJ State Trooper. In 1998 he won a lawsuit against the State of New Jersey for discrimination and racial
harassment. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Mary Little Cooper in the damages phase of the
Bellaran case was the final chapter in a lawsuit that consumed the 45-year-old trooper for nearly a
decade. He later testified in various court and congressional hearing that became a national issue known as
police racial profiling. Another grandson also became a NJ State Trooper. Francis Bellaran is in the
Trooper’s memorial killed in line of duty when On May 20,1996 While in pursuit of a stolen motorcycle Trooper
Bellaran swerved his patrol car to avoid hitting another car and lost control of his car. The car
skidded across two lanes of traffic before going off the roadway and into several trees. He died 3
days later of massive internal injury.
Sgt. Vincent Bellaran, a 21-year New Jersey state trooper veteran, won the first-ever racial discrimination
lawsuit against the NJ State Police on March 1998. Born in New York to a Filipino father and a
Portuguese mother, Bellaran was discriminated against because of his Filipino ancestry (Filipino Reporter,
June 18-24, 1999 (7)). In his suit Bellaran referred to degradatory remarks made against him: "gook" and "spic"; against black
troopers as "porch monkeys". On April 9th of this year, Mr. Bellaran filed a new suit in the Federal District Court
due to the intense retaliation from his department since his "victory". Mr. Bellaran recently defected
from the State Police Union and joined the newly-formed New Jersey Black and Latino Troopers Coalition Inc.
During the trial, Bellaran, who is of Filipino and Hispanic descent,
described a state police in which racial slurs and harassment of
minorities inside and outside the force were routine and often condoned.
More than two years after Sgt. Vincent "Vinny" Bellaran became the first state
Trooper to win a racial discrimination lawsuit against the state police,
a federal judge yesterday ordered New Jersey to compensate Bellaran for back
pay and "reasonable" legal expenses.
Though the monetary details have yet to be worked out, the state will
end up paying Bellaran about $200,000 in lost wages and about $400,000
to cover his legal fees, according to Bellaran's lawyer, Philip J.
Sstate police Sgt. Vincent Bellaran testified in the New Jersey state hearing on police race
Profiling that become national issue. In 1998, a federal judge upheld Bellaran's complaint that
he was subjected to racism and harassment as a member of the state police. The state was ordered to pay
back wages in a May ruling.
The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Mary Little Cooper in the
damages phase of the Bellaran case was the final chapter in a lawsuit
that consumed the 45-year-old trooper for nearly a decade
tribute to Francis Bellaran-NJ State Trooper
Ms Bellaran Grade 8 Website
Nestor Palugod Enriquez