Vietnam Picnic 2018

All Chapter Members, family, and friends are invited to attend this year’s Annual Vietnam Memorial Picnic!

A short memorial ceremony will be held at the Museum Helicopter at 11:00am sharp, with picnic and merriment to follow.

When: Saturday, June 2nd beginning at 10:30 am
Where: NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1 Memorial Ln., Holmdel, NJ 07733

Hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, and soda will be provided at the picnic.
Please bring a covered dish or a dessert item with you if you plan to attend.
RSVP to George Fallon with the number of people in your party and your menu contribution ASAP:
George’s Phone: (856) 767-6437
George’s Email: tishimself47@gmail.comLocation: NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum in Holmdel, NJ
Date: June 2nd
Time: 10:30am

Hope to see you all there!


In Memoriam – John Rawley – Col. (Retired)

It is with great sorrow that the chapter informs our members of the passing on
April 3, 2018 of Colonel (Ret) John Rawley, beloved friend and chapter member.

John will be missed by all chapter members and friends who remember with fondness his many years hosting the Bastogne Banquet and his dedication to the chapter. May he rest in eternal peace.

Viewings will be held
Sunday, April 8th, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
and Monday, April 9th, 2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
at Bocco Funeral Home
1300 Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Funeral Services will be held
Monday, April 9th at 11:00am
(Immediately following the viewing)
at Entombment Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum
2398 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

View John’s Full Obituary from Bocco Funeral Home Here

John Rawley, Col. (retired) of Cherry Hill, NJ, formerly of Medford Lakes, NJ passed away on April 3, 2018 after a brief illness.  After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, he continued his civilian and military education graduating from Wilmington University and Central Michigan University.

John is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jean Rawley (nee Burgo).  Also survived by his dear and loving sister-in-law Michele and brother-in-law William Taylor, Jr. and niece Krista.  Predeceased by his nephew Billy Taylor, sister Joan, brother-in-law William Johnston and niece Susan O’Neill.

John had an extensive and outstanding military career.  His military education included Airborne, Officer Candidate School, Special Forces, Ranger and Pathfinder schools.  In addition to numerous military awards, he earned the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism in 1976 after rescuing two people from a burning automobile.  In 1979, he joined the Delaware Army National Guard Academy and served as the training officer retiring in 1987.  He was an admirer of World War II Veterans and researched records to make sure individuals had received the medals and recognition they so deserved.  He was a lifetime member of the 82nd, 101st and Special Forces Associations.  In addition to his military career, he was employed until 2010 as the training officer for the Camden County Sheriff Department.  Anyone who met John always remembers the charismatic personality of “The Colonel.”

Donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society
1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Parkinson’s Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131

Chapter Meeting Dates 2018

The General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter
of the 101st Airborne Division Association
Chapter Meeting Dates 2018
4th Saturday of the month at
American Legion Post 261 at 1:00pm
840 South Washington Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08855

Saturday, January 27

Saturday, February 24

Saturday, March 17

Saturday, April 28

Saturday, May 13 (3rd Sat due to Memorial Day Weekend)

Saturday, July 28

Saturday, August 25

Saturday, September 22

Saturday, October 27

Saturday, November 17 (due to Thanksgiving)

**NO MEETINGS IN JUNE (picnic) AND DECEMBER (banquet)**

Additional Activities Schedule

April (Date TBD) – Pizza Party at VA Medical Center, Lyons, NJ

May 28 – Memorial Day Parade at Post 261, Piscataway, NJ

June 2 – Annual Chapter Picnic at the Vietnam Memorial, Holmdel, NJ

October (Date TBD) – Pizza Party at VA Medical Center, Lyons, NJ

November 12 – National Veterans Day at Vietnam Memorial, Holmdel, NJ

Nov 29 – Dec 1 – Bastogne Banquet, Thayer Hotel, West Point, NY

Joe Pisano Life Celebration

The Chapter has been notified that a Celebration of Life is being held for Joe Pisano on Sunday, December 17th. Chapter members and friends are invited to attend. Please find the event  information below:
Celebration of Life for Joseph Pisano
Sunday, December 17th 
2:00pm – 4:00pm 
Barton Hall 
in Leisure Village East
1 Dumbarton Drive
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Coffee and sweets will be served.
Joseph Pisano

In Memoriam – Joseph Pisano

The Chapter is deeply sorrowed to announce the passing of Chapter Member, WWII veteran and dear friend, Joseph Pisano. Joe passed away yesterday morning, November 27, 2017.

Joseph Pisano

Joe was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens, NY. He was inducted into the Army a year after Pearl Harbor. He volunteered to be a paratrooper after basic training at Fort Jackson, but was instead assigned to glider training. Joe was deployed in October 1943 to England to begin preparations for D-Day. Joe was in the F Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, was assigned to make an amphibious landing on D-Day, and landed on Utah Beach. Joe served from 1942 to 1946 and also participated in operation Market Garden, and in the defense of Bastogne, where he witnessed the futile attempt of the Germans to force McAuliffe’s surrender.

Joe participated in an interview with the West Point Oral History Department during the Bastogne Banquet Weekend in December of 2016. If you are interested in viewing the video in which he shares the story of his service, please click here.

Viewing and Burial Information

Thursday, November 30th
from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm
at Moloney’s Lake Funeral Home
132 Ronkonkoma Avenue
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
View Funeral Home Information

Prayer Service and Burial:
Friday, December 1st at 9:00am
Prayer Service at Moloney’s Lake Funeral Home

Followed by Immediate Burial
at Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Boulevard
Calverton, NY 11933

The Chapter sends its deepest sympathies to Joe’s family. He will be sorely missed.

In Memoriam – Robert Tiensch

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of the Chapter’s Chaplain and good friend, Robert Tiensch.InMemoriam_BobTiensch

Bob passed peacefully on October 12. Please see below for his Visitation and Church Service information.

Read full obituary for Bob Tiensch here.

Wednesday 18 October 2017
5:00pm until 8:00pm at
Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home
145 East Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039

Church Services
Thursday 19 October 2017 at 11:00am at
Saint Rose of Lima
312 Ridgedale Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936

Burial to follow.


Bob Tiensch (far right) enjoying conversation with fellow Chapter members at the 2014 annual Vietnam Memorial picnic

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family in this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2017


The 2017 Bastogne Banquet Weekend
Celebrating the 73rd Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
will be held Thursday, November 30th – Sunday, December 3rd
at The Thayer Hotel at West Point
674 Thayer Road, West Point, New York (NY) 10996


Tentative Schedule of Events (as of 7/30/17)

Thursday, November 30th
1:00 pm          Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Friday, December 1st
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
5:00 pm          Raffles & Camaraderie in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Saturday, December 2nd
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
4:00 pm          Last Call in Hospitality Room
4:30 pm          Hospitality Room Closed while Attendees Dress for Dinner
5:30 pm          Dining Room Opens (Cash Bar)
6:00 pm          Bastogne Banquet Call to Order
                         Featuring Guest Speaker TBD
After Dinner   Pistol Raffle in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

The Bastogne Weekend ends with the closing of the Hospitality Room on Saturday evening. There are a number of Sunday activity options for those wishing to conclude the weekend in the West Point area. Please see the list of area activities (including free West Point Holiday concert) listed at the end of this page if you are interested in exploring the area further.

Sunday, December 4th – Breakfast Available for Purchase at Hotel
7:00 am – 9:30 am        Breakfast Buffet in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant (Lobby Level, at your own expense) No reservations are taken for the Breakfast Buffet, seating is not guaranteed.
10:30 am – 2:30 pm        Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch Served in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant $39.95 per person, Reservation Suggested, 845-446-4731, Ext. 7929 View Menu

Banquet Fee
Please make check payable to:
Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter, 101st Abn Div Assn.

  • $65 Adults (Includes Hospitality Room for the Entire Event)
  • Children’s Tickets Availabe at a Reduced Cost (Please email for more information)

Checks can be mailed to:
Jim Agins
33 Sunset Blvd
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690

Hotel Reservations
The Thayer Hotel has a block of rooms available for the 101st Airborne
Bastogne Banquet Guests.
Room Rate is $109 (+ tax and facilities fee).
Be sure to mention the 101st Airborne event when booking rooms to ensure you receive this group room rate.
1-(800)-247-5047 or (845)-446-4731


Bastogne Banquet 2014

Vincent Speranza reading the group his original poem



Bastogne Banquet

Guest Speaker at the 2015 Banquet

West Point Area Activities

West Point Holiday Show – USMA Band
1:30 pm – Saturday December 2nd and
1:30 pm – Sunday, December 3rd
Eisenhower Hall, 655 Pitcher Road, West Point, NY 10996
For concert information, cancellations and updates call the
West Point Band at (845) 938-2617
It is recommended to arrive 1 hour prior to the concert because parking is limited.

View USMA Band Website

West Point Visitor Center & Museum
Open Daily 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
2107 New South Post Road, Highland Falls, NY 10928
View Museum Website

West Point Guided Tour
(845) 446-4724
West Point Visitor Center, 2107 New South Post Road, Highland Falls, NY 10928
The tour starts at the West Point Visitor Center and stops at the Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, Battle Monument and The Plain. The regular tour lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes and a longer, 2-hour tour includes the West Point Cemetery. Tickets are sold first-come first-served. For more information, call the West Point Tour Office at the phone number listed above. 
West Point Tours Website

Brotherhood Winery (Tours, Tastings, Cafe, Mansion, Art Space)
Open Friday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open Saturday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday and Sunday Prime Rib Special from 4:30 – 9:00 pm
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY 10992
(845) 496-9001
Reservations are Required.
Weekend Winery Tours leave as groups gather, no set times.
Visit Website

Benmarl Winery Tours & Tastings
Open Friday from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Saturday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Open Sunday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY 12542
Tastings are $10 per person and include a tasting of six wines.
Visit Website

Bear Mountain Ice Rink – Weather Permitting
Open Friday 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Open Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 11:30 am; 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm; 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm; 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (NO 8 pm on Sundays)
Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
(845) 786-2701 x266
Rink is outdoors and uncovered so dress warmly! Lockers and refreshments are available.
View Website

Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park
Open 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Daily
55 Hessian Drive, Highlands Falls, NY 10928
(845) 786-2701
$10 parking per vehicle; $1 Suggested Donation Admission. Bears and coyotes go off exhibit at 4:00 pm. Allow for 20 minutes to walk from parking lot to Trailside and 1 to 2 hours to enjoy Trailside, including the wildlife on exhibit, the views, museums and landscape.
View Website

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
Open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open Sunday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300)
Town of New Windsor, NY
(845) 561-1765
Call in Advance for Group Tours.
View Website

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 561-1765
View Website

Culinary Institute of America
Open Friday: The Apple Pie Bakery Cafe and Ristorante Caterina de’ Mendici
Open Saturday: The American Bounty Restaurant and The Bocuse Restaurant
1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538
For more information, or to schedule a tour, call the number below Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Visitor Parking: When you arrive on campus, follow the signs to our two-story parking deck located in Anton Plaza.
NY Restaurants Website
Campus Tours Website

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Open Daily from Sunrise to Sunset
114 Estates Lane, Hyde Park, NY 12538
The tour of the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt is approximately 1 hour. The only way to see the home is by guided tour. All tours begin at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center. The grounds are free and open daily until sunset. The entrance fee is $18.00. For more information, call the number below.
Visit Website
Bastogne Banquet Weekend

If you have any questions, please e-mail