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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

Vietnam Memorial Picnic 2017

Please Join Us at the Chapter’s Annual Vietnam Memorial Picnic on Saturday June 3, 2017!

The Vietnam Memorial Ceremony & Picnic will be Held:

Saturday, June 3rd at 10:30am
At the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
1 Memorial Ln, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Click Here for Directions to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Please plan to arrive at the memorial by 10:30am. A short memorial ceremony will be held at the helicopter in front of the museum building at 11:00am. The picnic will begin immediately following the ceremony.

Please do not be deterred if another event is taking place at the Arts Center. Ask a parking lot attendant to be directed to the VIETNAM MEMORIAL MUSEUM parking lot!

Burgers, beer, soda and water will be served.

Picnic attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish, salad or dessert of their choice to add to the menu!

Please call Chapter President George Fallon with the number of guests that will be attending in your party as well as any food items that you will be bringing OR send an e-mail to the chapter at:

An updated menu will be posted closer to the event. Our annual picnic is a family-friendly event so please feel free to bring anyone you like! We hope to see you there! As always, ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Annual Vietnam Memorial Picnic

Frank Mirabella Interview

Thank you to the West Point Center for Oral History for interviewing Frank and documenting his amazing and heroic experiences during World War II. To watch the interview online, please visit  (…/do-what-i-do-shoot-when-i-sho….

As a reminder, please see the last post for Frank’s viewing and funeral service schedule.

Frank Mirabella joined the Army in February, 1943, during World War II and became a Radar Operator. He was sent to the Pacific and arrived in time for the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was supposed to be on one of the last waves assaulting the beach, but when a Kamikaze hit the ship he was on, he found himself in the 3rd wave, one of the few Soldiers to land with the Marines. Fortunately, a Marine grabbed him and told him to do exactly what he did.

In this interview, Frank describes his training, and the process of shipping from Fort Dix to other bases on the east coast, and finally to California, Hawaii, and ultimately to Iwo Jima. He talks about the hell that was the battle for that Island. Pay attention for a touching story about the time he met actress Bette Davis, and how she helped a sad soldier who was going through a tough time.